What Is That To You?

Do you often wonder why some people seem to be blessed, or prosperous, or healed, while you have been waiting and believing forever? Do you wonder about the plans that God has for your friends, neighbors, family, church family, that always seem to work out while you’ve been waiting forever?! I’ve done that. And we’re not alone. Peter did that.

In John 21, Peter is talking with Jesus. The Lord is giving him instructions to feed the lambs and sheep. Peter is learning that he has not yet graduated, as Jesus twice asks Peter if he Agape’s him; in other words, does Peter love Jesus with God’s kind of unconditional love. Twice, Peter’s answer was that he did love Jesus, with a phileo love, or a brotherly love. The third time Jesus asked Peter if he loved him, Jesus used the same word, phileo , that Peter had been using. Many people think that Peter was sad because Jesus had to ask him three times, but the truth is, Peter was sad because he could not answer Jesus with Agape. And then Jesus acknowledged where he was, and met him there. But, because of this fact, because Peter realized that he wasn’t yet graduated, he began to look around and seek to compare himself to another. He saw John nearby.

John 21:20, “Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved (John) following, … 
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.”

Jesus was not saying that John would live until he came, which John explains in the chapter. He was saying, “Whatever I will for anyone else, what is that to you?”

Don’t get hung up on what isn’t yours. You consider, and live for, your call, your healing, your prosperity, your life. Not someone else’s. Jesus didn’t call you with their call, he doesn’t heal you with their healing, he doesn’t prosper you with their prosperity. He did not call you to live their life. “What is that to you?”

We have a saying, “Nunya.” It’s none ya darn business.”

2 Corinthians 10:12, “For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”

Paul said that people who get caught up in worrying about how come things don’t go the same way for them are not wise. God has a plan for YOU. If you desire to see God’s plan come to pass, you should do something about it. Your relationship to God’s plan is very much like a pro sports team’s relationship to the coach’s game plan. The players, even the superstars, don’t design the game plan. They don’t decide who gets to play, when. The coach makes those decisions based on the needs of the team and the skills of each player. However, the coach cannot execute the game plan, only the players can do that. Each player must bring their best to the court/field/rink/pitch, etc. and execute what the coach has planned.
And as soon as one of them starts to be concerned with why they aren’t playing enough, or why they don’t get enough shots, the team is in trouble. The coach’s response to those kind of complaints should rightfully be, “What is that to you? You follow the game plan.”
You follow the game plan. God can bring divine appointments into your life, and God can inspire people to help and assist you, but cannot execute your life for you. It is your job to DO what God directs, and not worry about what others are doing. It is your job to BELIEVE for what God has provided, and not worry about whether or not your seeing the same results as someone else.
When this truth hits home, and you concentrate on taking God at his word, believing what he said, and DOING what he said, you will find that your results will begin to appear.
Remember, God loves you, and so do I!

To learn more about God’s love and compassion for us, check out these related posts (click on the title for the link):

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You can also get a copy of my book, a book on the liberty we have in Christ (not nutrition as the title may suggest) on Amazon (click on the title): Eat Healthy…Most of the Time!