Why Not ME?

Peter…said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?”
Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?
You follow Me” (John 21:21-22).

Have you noticed that just when you think you have something nailed…you discover you don’t know it at all?

Nowhere is that truer than in our walk with the Lord. I thought I had learned the “what’s-that-to-you; you-follow-me” lesson, so much so that I wrote an entire chapter about it in one of my books (Beyond Me). But then, just this week, I heard the Lord whisper those very words to me…more than once.

A writer announces the receipt of a coveted award, and I think, Why her, Lord? After all these years…why not me???

And Jesus says, “What’s that to you? You follow Me.”

A friend declares God’s faithfulness in bringing her child into a committed faith walk, and I think, What about my child? I’ve prayed for years!

And Jesus says, “What’s that to you? You follow Me.”

An acquaintance tells of an unexpected windfall of funds, and I wonder, Why can’t I experience that sort of financial return for my efforts?

And Jesus says, “What’s that to you? You follow Me.”

I know. All these confessions make me sound terribly small. But don’t we all have those moments when we feel slighted in some way? And then God reminds of something so much bigger…and everything falls into proper perspective.

A woman languishes in a Chinese prison because she dared to distribute Christian literature to children…

Two young women suffer untold tortures in an Iranian prison because they refuse to deny Christ…

Believers in North Vietnam are known as “running Christians” because they live on the run from officials who wish to destroy their faith…

How often do I think of these beloved brothers and sisters and ask, Why them, Lord? Why not me? Why do they suffer so when I am so blessed and comfortable?

Not often enough, I’m afraid. And yet, if we want to get past the “why not me” stage when we hear of someone else’s success, we must keep in mind the suffering of others and ask the same question. When we do, we will receive the same answer from our Lord: “What’s that to you? You follow Me.”

Our calling and purpose is not to question God about others’ circumstances (or our own), but rather to cling to Him so that we might be found faithful in whatever He brings our way today. When we do that, we will better be able to “rejoice with those who rejoice” and “weep with those who weep,” for then we will truly understand that we are one in the blood-bought Body of Christ.

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Copyright 2009 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 26 books. Her newest books are:
“Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World”


“Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today”
(New Hope Publishers) The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

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