I recently came across an interesting passage near the very end of John. It struck me. Here’s the text:
18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” 19 (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”
20 Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who also had leaned back against him during the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” 21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” 22 Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!” 23 So the saying spread abroad among the brothers that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?”
Peter seems to have a touch of jealousy. Though, perhaps it was partially curiosity. I’m not sure. Either way, Jesus’ response struck me.
What is that to you? Follow me.
What is it to me if God blesses someone out of the ordinary or gives them a special role. It shouldn’t be anything, though sometimes it is. I think Jesus shows us a very healthy attitude here. There are times when I need to hear this.
My goal should not be to be the world-changer, or a world-changer, or a hero. I wanted to write, “My goal should not be to be the world-changer, but to change the world” because that sounded nice, but it didn’t seem quite right. My goal should be to follow – doggedly. “What is that to you?” Let’s go.