Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, 'Lord, who is going to betray You?') 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.'
Sometimes, we feel compelled to compare our own paths with the paths of others. Are they booking better roles faster? Are their prayers more heard in Heaven? Does God have a bigger plan for them than the one He has for poor, small us?
When Jesus was about to leave earth,* when He questioned Peter's love three times and prophesied a hard path ahead... Peter responded with a question about John's path: 'Lord, what about him?' He wondered how their futures compared--and got rebuked: 'What is that to you?'
Because God's Word is clear: Don't compare!
'For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise' (2 Corinthians 10:12).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: A monster called envy can appear when our minds start spinning in circles, when our hearts start hardening in doubts, when our eyes start staring at others. By coveting their tracks or trinkets, we're in grave danger of backsliding.
'For the iniquity of his covetousness, I was angry and struck him... and he went on backsliding in the way of his heart' (Isaiah 57:17).
'My people are bent on backsliding from Me. Though they call to the Most High, none at all exalt Him' (Hosea 11:7).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Don't believe prosperity preaching, where you measure your walk by your worth. That scale doesn't add up in God's Book, evidenced by most of His heroes, such as Joseph, Mary and Jesus.
Every believer's path is unique. God's All Star League shows humility is a necessary starting point. Helping others scores a power hit. Thankfulness moves you through the bases. Glorifying God will bring you home.
Jealousy will get you ejected.
To Be Continued
* John Chapter 21: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+21&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Bad Ideas series.