John 21:19 This spake He, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, He saith unto him (Peter), Follow me.
John 21:20 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?
John 21:21 Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?
John 21:22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.
John 21:23 Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?
I was listening to the radio going home last night from work and turned it to 91.1 in hopes that Adventures in Odyssey would come on to keep me awake driving home. Unfortunately, Whit and the gang must not come on til 7:30, if they still come on at all on that station...I'm not sure.
Anywho, so I ended up listening to a radio evangelist for half an hour, and while he said some things that I did NOT agree with, he did leave me with some things to mull over while fighting sleep on my drive.....
- Jesus told Peter to do something: to follow Him.
- Peter stopped doing what Jesus told him to do to ask about his fellow disciples.
- Jesus said "What's that to you....do what I said!"
- Then on top of that, it spread to the other brethren and they also wondered about their fellow disciples, and Jesus had to get onto them, too.
When Bouncer first stayed with us, he would always be interested in making sure that Munchkin didn't get more than he did or be allowed to do something that he wasn't allowed to do, and the quote was started in our house, "Who are you worried about?" After a few times of that, he got the picture and while still needing a reminder from time to time, from then on, he'd answer, "ME."
It amazes me how it's such a common quality. Two months after Bouncer left, when K-man arrived, it didn't take long for Munchkin to start "worrying" about K-man. It's taking her a lot longer to get it, but it's slowly sinking in.
"But Mom, K-man has chocolate milk!!!"
"Who are you worried about?"
"That's what I thought!"
"Munchkin, please pick up your books."
"But K-man got them out."
"But you helped. Who are you worried about? I told YOU to pick them up."
"But I'm mommy and I'll worry about K-man....you worry about YOU!"
Well, you know...and it just never ends.
And yet, we do it, too. Jesus tells us to do something and we respond with "But ____ isn't doing anything....what about them?"
Or when we hear someone else say, "that person isn't doing anything" then WE wonder....hey, yeah, what about them? And Jesus is really just saying...."Will you just do what I told you and let ME worry about them?"
So simple, and yet, so hard.
Yet the question remains: Who are you worried about?