What about him?

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John 21:20-23

John 21:20 So Peter turned around and saw the disciple Jesus loved following them, the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and asked, “Lord, who is the one that’s going to betray you?”

John 21:21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?”

John 21:22 “If I want him to stay until I come,” Jesus answered, “what is that to you? As for you, follow me.”

John 21:23 So this rumor got out to the brothers and sisters that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not tell him that he would not die, but, “If I want him to stay until I come, what is that to you?”

What about him?

I have spent countless hours in prayer with the Lord asking questions very similar to Peter’s here. He had just been told by Jesus that his life would end at someone else’s call because of his commitment to Christ. He looked at John, and asked the Lord “what about him?”

Every pitfall, every false start, every seeming failure in my ministry, I have asked the Lord why so-and-so has not experienced this. I know, that sounds very selfish. Guilty as charged.

When I think back on my life and ministry, I am extremely grateful. I would not trade my life for anyone else’s. But, like Peter, I do ask the question.

Lord, help us to trust your plan for our lives.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary who now lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. If your church or small group would like to hear Jeff speak, you can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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