Do you ever compare yourself to others – their life, their family, their education? No, don’t answer out loud. Just think about it and answer in your heart. It is so easy to play the comparison game, even when you don’t plan to, don’t want to, don’t think about it. I know
I do it I’ve done it (hopefully I can keep that past tense)
Peter also fell into this trap. In John 21:21 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?”, referring to John, the beloved disciple. Jesus had just admonished Peter to follow Him. But Peter was more concerned with John, and whether the Lord’s admonition to him would be different.
“What is that to you?” is Jesus question in vs. 22. “You must follow me.”
This is a lesson to all of us as well. What is it to you what somebody else does or doesn’t do? Does it matter if their lifestyle may seem more appealing? So what if God’s calling on their life seems more convenient than yours? What is that to you?
Jesus says to all of us, “You must follow me.”
Even if it’s difficult, “You must follow me.”
Even when it hurts, “You must follow me.”
If the path is different from the one you expected, “You must follow me.”
If someone else seems to have it easier, better, whatever…
“What is that to you? You must follow me.”
As we traverse this new year, let us remember to always follow Jesus, regardless of the circumstances