No Comparison

“If I want him to remain until I come,” Jesus answered, “what is that to you? As for you, follow Me.” John 21:17 HCSB

As a student pastor, there were many times that I counseled with teenagers who would compare themselves to others in their peer group. They frequently felt they were not as pretty, not as smart, or not as popular as others. I would always tell them, “In the comparison game, you will always lose.” We seldom compare ourselves to those we do not hold in high regard. We always wish we were like someone else.

Peter was more concerned about John and what was going to happen to him rather than what Jesus had called him to do. His focus was on someone else rather than on God’s plan for his life. Jesus reminded Peter that he should not concern himself with what would happen to John. That was not his concern. His concern should have been on following Jesus and doing what God had called him to do.

Challenge: Keep your eyes on Jesus and focus on what He has called you to do. Do not compare yourself to others. Concern yourself with following God’s plan instead of looking at others and wishing you were like them.

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