Because God has already laid the only foundation of our fellowship, because God has bound us together in one body with other Christians in Jesus Christ, long before we entered into common life with them, we enter into that common life not as demanders but as thankful recipients. We thank God for what He has done for us. We thank God for giving us brethren who live by His call, by His forgiveness, and His promise. We do not complain of what God does not give us; we rather thank God for what He does give us daily.

-Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life together

       

We all have been there—so consumed with someone else and their life—we made our self utterly miserable.  Why is it that we think so and so is better off than us for such and such reason or that everyone else has been given gifts and talents that are superior to ours?  One day we feel as though we are on the cusp of living the life we believe God has destined we participate in—the next we wish we were in someone elses’ shoes.

Jesus tells Peter to care for his brothers and sisters after asking him several times if he loved him (the two happen to be in direct correlation with one another)—and concludes by indicating what kind of death Peter would suffer and by simply saying Follow me.  I’m thinking Peter got agitated by the exchange because moments later he’s thinking about John.  

 Turning his head, Peter noticed the disciple Jesus loved following right behind. When Peter noticed him, he asked Jesus, “Master, what’s going to happen to him?”

Jesus said, “If I want him to live until I come again, what’s that to you? You—follow me.” That is how the rumor got out among the brothers that this disciple wouldn’t die. But that is not what Jesus said. He simply said, “If I want him to live until I come again, what’s that to you?”    (John 21:20-23, The Message Bible) 

It’s not for us to concern ourselves with what Jesus will do with our brother and sisters.  Frankly speaking, it’s none of our business—our concern is to give ourselves to that which Jesus plans to do with us.

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