John 21

Peter asked Jesus, “What about him, Lord?” 21:21

Good, ol’ relatable Peter. His teacher, friend and savior has risen from the dead, is eating breakfast with him and foretells his death. And he has doubt, fear and questions. Who wouldn’t? Jesus’ answer gives me goosebumps:

“If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You follow me.” 21:22

Comparison is poisonous. It strangles out gratefulness, hope and contentment. How come they’re married and I’m not? Will I get cancer too? Will I have kids? Is my career going to take off like theirs? 

I always laugh at how much John refers to himself as ‘the disciple that Jesus loves’. Alright, we get it! You guys were close. Sheesh. No wonder Peter felt insecure about him. But really, what would it change if John, most likely the apostle Peter was referencing, had the same outcome as him?

Think about someone in your life that you envy, or that you compare your life/situation/self to. What’s the root of it? Are you questioning God’s justice? Are you discontent with what he has for you? I love the cure for this that Jesus gives: don’t worry about it and stick with me.

Don’t look sideways. Look ahead, eyes on Jesus. Keep your hands busy with lists of gratefulness and prayers.

Tomorrow we start the book of Deuteronomy. I don’t know this book that well (enter: Bethany’s knowledge), but love reading it. It helps reframe my understanding of the beginning of God’s relationship with mankind.

 

-Carly

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