John 21:21 – 22, “[21] Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? [22] Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.”

Oh, how we love to know every details of someone else’s life. At times we feel we have accomplished something just because we know even the minutest details of someone else’s life. Irony is that this is applicable not only for someone we love and admire but even for people we hate. We spend hours scanning through the social profile just to see what they are doing; we get jealous and angry if we see them enjoying themselves. This jealously then leads us to go beyond our means just to ‘show off’ to the world that we are better than them!

If you think this is an outcome of the plethora of social media platforms, then that would not be entirely true.

Bible tells us about King Saul who spent a good number of years knowing the whereabout of David just so that he can kill him. He was keener on knowing where David is hiding rather than looking after the welfare of his country.

Irony is that when he confronted David twice, he did not kill him but went back after acknowledging that David was more righteous than him!

Bible also tells us about Job’s friends who presumably came to mourn with him but when they started talking it became evident that they had come to find what Job must have done wrong to get such a big punishment from God!

Our current political system is no less. Parties tend to know more about the past and present of the other party than probably they know about their history. Mudslinging is so frequent and so intense that we have unknowingly become polarized towards either party.

We can go on and on this topic but let’s meditate on what Jesus says when Peter asks him about the future of Jesus’s beloved disciple, Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.

Wow! What a response, blunt, direct and actually the wisest answer that anyone could give!

‘What is that to thee?’ oh how I wish we all can apply this 100% in our lives, it would save us a world of trouble, lot of us would no longer need medicines for fluctuating blood pressure, or for anxiety and stress. Our lives would be so much more relaxed, so much more meaningful and it would help us to focus better on our goals.

Probably one of the strongest weapons of Satan is the spirit of comparison and jealousy and he uses it so effectively against the Church! We all have heard of the proverb, ‘A house divided against itself falls’, this is what is happening around the world. Knowingly or unknowingly we are becoming so obsessed with proving ourselves to be superior, more knowledgeable than others that we forget to do what God desires from our lives.

Hebrews 12:1 – 3 says, “[1] Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, [2] Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. [3] For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”

Paul exhorts us to run with patience the race before us and lay aside every weight and sin that so easily distracts us. Only by focusing on what God wants us to do and not being bothered about what the other person is doing can we actually achieve the crown that Paul mentions in I Corinthians 9:24 – 27, “[24] Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. [25] Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. [26] Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. [27] No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

‘Follow thou me’, I firmly believe that these words Jesus did not just say to Peter but to everyone of us, ignore what others are doing, or are saying, just keep true to what God has given you and keep doing that, keep following Jesus because in the end, when Jesus comes again to take His people to live with Him for eternity, it would not matter what others have done or said against you, all that would matter is that whether your name is written in the Book of Life and you would be answerable for the deeds which you have done.

In the parable of the talents, if the one who was given five talents by his master listened to the person to whom only one talent was given and did what he did and buried the talents he would not have got the reward that his master gave him. It was only because he focused on what was given to him and how he could increase it that he got the reward.

Today, as you read this blog, this is our sincere prayer that we come back to Jesus, stop looking at what others are doing, focus on what God desires from our lives and live the way He wants so that when the judgement day comes, we may hear Jesus saying, “well done faithful servant, join in your master’s happiness!”

God Bless You!

Your Brother in Christ

Nikunj