John 21:20-22 (NKJV)
20 Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?”
21 Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?”
22 Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”
Peter asked Jesus how the apostle John would die. Jesus replied that Peter shouldn’t concern himself with that by comparing himself with John. Many times we have a tendency to compare our lives to others, sometimes to rationalize our own level of devotion to Christ or even to question God’s justice. But whatever the case, Jesus responds to us as he did to Peter: “What is that to you? You follow Me.”
Here’s how God communicated this truth to me in my own life. One night as I was watching Christian television I found myself listening to a preacher talk about some things that I found very offensive and manipulative. I began to judge and criticize just about everything this preacher was saying. As I carried on thinking about how the scriptures were being misinterpreted and how the listeners were being manipulated, God spoke to me with these words: “Jim, that’s none of your business; focus on what I’ve called you to do and forget about what that preacher is doing.”
What I found was that the New Century Version of John 21:22 uses the phrase, “…that’s not your business. You follow Me.” In other words, don’t worry about what everybody else is doing. Instead, focus on what God has called you to do. The phrase, “You follow Me,” includes doing what God has called you to do instead of judging and criticizing what everybody else is doing. Doing what God has called you to do is a success principle in the Kingdom of God.
Have you ever had God speak to you in a similar way that He spoke to me? I’d love to hear your comments!