“Peter, seeing him, 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 (NKJV) In this short discourse between Jesus and Peter we find what seems to be a simple question from Peter but in truth it represents one of the great failures of mankind; the tendency to compare ourselves to others. This can only produce one of two outcomes; neither of which are Godly attributes; pride and self righteousness, because we seem to measure as being better in our own eyes; or shame at believing that we are less than others.
Jesus’ answer to Peter is timeless advice to all believers, “You follow Me.” Nothing we can do, say, or think is as important as following Jesus. To follow Him means that our eyes are on Him and not on those around us and their accomplishments or failures; our thoughts are focused on our unique relationship with Jesus. Unique because we are all different, even though we may look alike and act very similarly and even possess some of the same qualities and gifts; our personalities are different enough to make us each a one of a kind creation. It is this uniqueness that God uses to accomplish His purpose in us. When we try to be like everyone else we hinder His work in our lives; I can’t be you and you can’t be me; we must strive to be the best that we can and not try to be like everyone else. When we are comparing ourselves to others we have taken our eyes off of Jesus and begun to focus on ourselves; not a good plan if following Him is the goal.
We may substitute “Church” for man to discover Godly advice for churches as well as for communities
or for any other organization of which we may be a part. God knows our limitations; it is up too us to allow Him to use us to the fullest of our abilities. The first and most important step along that journey is to follow Jesus.
“I can almost hear the Trumpet”