But What About Him or Her? – John 21:21-22

When Peter saw him [John], he asked, “Lord, what about him?”
Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”

John 21:21-22 NIV

After Jesus’ resurrection he appeared to some of his disciples beside the Sea of Galilee and fed them breakfast. After breakfast he took Peter aside and charged him to shepherd the flock and then looked into his future. In the midst of this, Peter noticed that John was hanging around and asked Jesus “what about him”? What does his future hold? We don’t know for sure why Peter asks this, but I assume that Peter did not like what his future held and wanted to compare it with John’s; who had it better.

How like us to not be content with where God has placed us and how he is using us. I would love to sing like Michael W. Smith, or evangelize like Billy Graham, or run like a Kenyan, or . . . . But God has not called me to be like them. He has called on me to follow him. Don’t try to be someone else, or envy who or what they are. Instead, be the best ‘you’ you can be, and glorify God in your life and in your service to him.

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