'What's it to you?'

Jesus would never have said it quite like that. But I like the informality, the jovial jostling of the phrase. It’s my modernized version of the Master’s exchange with Peter about “the disciple whom Jesus loved”: “Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me” (John 21:20–22).

In colloquial terms, Peter was asking Jesus, What about this guy?

How often do we fall for that question, comparing ourselves with others? Wondering why someone else is having an easier time with life than we are. Or, if we’re feeling slightly more charitable, and possibly somewhat superior, why are they having a more difficult time than we are? The answer is always the same—never mind that. Follow the Christ.

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I was seeking healing
July 1, 2013

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