The Distraction of Making Comparisons

When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!” (John 21:21-22 ESV)

Jesus told Peter he would die while serving the church. He would be martyred and that did not sit well with him. It probably scared him because he saw the scourging that Jesus received and the torture of crucifixion. Like any human, he wondered if it would happened to anyone else. He wondered if the apostle John would die in the same way. And Jesus replied, “What is that to you? You follow me!”

The Lord essentially said, “That is my business. Don’t worry about him! Just take my lead and focus on the tasks I assign to you. There’s a lot of important work to be done.” When we walk in faith, we should avoid making comparisons between us and others. That behavior only distracts us and may cause us to engage in activities that were never in God’s will.

Jesus made it simple for us. We just need to follow him as he reveals what lies ahead of us. He will answer our prayers and he will guide us so that we don’t wander away from him. He is the Good Shepherd; He knows all our names and we know his voice.

May our day be blessed as we continue to walk with him.

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