What is It to You?
Often times we get so caught up with what God is doing in someone else’s life that we forget about what God has for our lives. In John 21:18-22 Jesus prophesies to Peter about the way in which he will die. Peter , probably not thrilled about what Jesus said, shifted the attention away from him and asked “what about this man”, questioning the manner in which the apostle John will die. Jesus responded to Peter by saying “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You follow me.” This is the question I propose, what is it to you? What is it to you that God has given someone else the ability to sing, but gave you the ability to dance? What is it to you that provides a person with millions of dollars, but choose to give you thousands of dollars? What is to you that God blesses another man’s church with many members, but blesses your church with a few? What I am trying to say is don’t be concerned about God’s plan for someone else’s life, because God has a plan for your life as well. His plan includes many great and wonderful things for you. However, when we become overly focused on what another man has we open the door for envy to creep into our hearts. You do not want to be overtaken by envy, because an envious heart accuses God of not adequately providing for you. You must learn to be happy with what God is doing for you. You have to trust His plan for you, even if His plan for another person looks more appealing. We can not fight in another man’s armor, so you can not fulfill a plan that God did not detail for you to have. God’s plan for you is uniquely tailored to fit you.
I love the last thing Jesus told Peter in John 21, “ you follow me.” Meaning whatever happens for them should not matter to you, as for you, all you need to be concerned about is following me. So, when you go through life and see the pasture looks greener on the other side be reminded, what is that to you? God has marvelous things stored up for you and following Him is all you need to be focused on. God bless
Written by: Brandon Render