Disciples of Jesus must resist the urge to compare themselves with others.
Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me. —John 21:22 (NLT)
We’ve all been guilty, at one time or another, of wasting our time looking at others and wishing we were in their shoes. In this passage, Peter does just that. Jesus had just given Peter a glimpse of all that his calling and future held, and as Peter was mulling over His words, John happened to cross their path.
Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. . . . When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”
Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” John 21:20–22 (NIV)
As you can see, Christ didn’t even bother to answer the question. Instead, He told Peter that John’s destiny didn’t matter. Peter had one and only one responsibility—to follow Him. Lesson learned.
We can easily exchange Peter’s name for our own in the passage above. How many times have we asked, When is it going to be my turn to get the promotion? Why am I always the bridesmaid? When will I own a house? And the list of questions goes on and on and on.
Jesus would tell us the same thing He told Peter. “Just follow me and don’t worry about what I’m doing in the lives of others.” Disciples don’t focus on others but keep their eyes on Jesus. And because they do, they know that the Lord will only do what is right and best for them in the long run.
Think About It…
What does this passage reveal to me about God?
What does this passage reveal to me about myself?
Based on this, what changes do I need to make?
What is my prayer for today?