But, What About Him?

by Greg Gwin

When Jesus, after His resurrection, was challenging Peter about his devotion and foretelling the events that would befall him in the future (John 21:15ff), Peter turned to John and said “Lord, and what shall this man do?” Many have speculated that Peter was attempting to deflect the harsh light of scrutiny from himself and get the attention directed toward someone else.  Jesus answered: “If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?  Follow thou me.” 

 

If we were to put this into our own words, Jesus basically told Peter that it was none of his business what would happen to John, and that he needed to take care of his own matters.  Peter’s effort to shift the attention from himself was petty and immature.  It was a like a child being scolded for misconduct.  The typical reaction of the child is to point a finger at another child and say “but, what about him?”  Parents can ‘see right through’ this tactic – and so can the Lord!

 

Unfortunately, many Christians display this same immature reaction when they have sinned and others are trying to restore them.  They are quick to point at someone else in the church that has sinned in the past, or one who is currently dealing with a spiritual issue.  They complain that others have not been dealt with consistently, or that they are being unfairly singled out. 

 

Should we be consistent in dealing with all brethren who need to repent?  Yes, of course!  Can we do better?  Without a doubt!  But that is not the immediate concern of the one who is, himself, in need of restoration.  Until he has corrected his own problems he needs to understand that other situations are ‘none of his business’.  Jesus would say, “What is that to thee?”  Think!

 

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