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Pastor’s Desk: What is that to you?

Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 7:55 am

Pastor Robert Hudson, Littleby Baptist Church

“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?”

Pastor Robert Hudson

Pastor Robert Hudson

When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” – John 21:20-21

Prior to this conversation Peter had been forgiven by Jesus and then given the task of feeding His sheep. For some reason after all that Peter turned his attention to John. Maybe it was simple curiosity, maybe Peter wanted to change the subject because the conversation was making him uncomfortable. We don’t know why, but Peter turned his focus from Jesus and the task he was given to someone else.

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

Jesus was telling Peter to not worry about John, to not get distracted by others, or things going on around him. Jesus was telling him to simply ‘follow me.’

This happens to every one of us. In this day and age, the distractions can come from many places. Political tweets, movie stars, our favorite athletes, TV pastors, coworkers, friends, and stories in the news to name just a few. When we get distracted by the things around us our focus on Jesus wavers.

When our focus shifts from Jesus to someone or something else, Jesus would ask us the exact same question He asked Peter, ‘What is that to you?’ and He would quickly follow it up with “As for you, follow me.”

Don’t let anyone get between you and your Savior, period, end of story! The horrible stuff on the news, someone talking garbage, or falling into sin should never distract you from following Jesus.

Our focus is to be on Jesus and our Job is to follow Him and Only Him. We cannot let the distractions that are all around us interfere in any way.

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