I don’t know why, but when I think of Jesus’ words, this isn’t the phrase I typically think of.
But He said it and it is important.
After His resurrection, Jesus was meeting with his followers and Peter asked Jesus “What about him?” meaning John. It seems Peter is just like the rest of us, worried about if others will get an advantage, a promotion, blessing, and he’ll be left waiting.
Jesus response is perfect and poignant. It also highlights something I love about Jesus; he has a tendency to just cut to the chase with honesty.
“…What is it to you?” (John 21:21)
His follow up really drives the point home. Jesus tells Peter his focus is wrong and then redirects his focus to where it should be.
“As for you, follow me.” (John 21:22)
Ultimately, that is the only answer we ever need from Him. I don’t know about you, but I ask lots of hows and whys and the occasional what about them questions. Ultimately, though, what’s it to us?
God has a plan; He is in control and we don’t need to know.
Our concern needs to be are we following Jesus Christ? If so, the rest will as God intends and we don’t need to worry about others or the big questions to which God already knows the answers.