Curiosity To Comparison
John 21:20-22 ESV
Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who also had leaned back against him during the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” 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!”
Jesus says to Peter-"If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!" -
In a couple verses before this particular passage of scripture Peter had just finish listening to what Jesus was saying to him concerning his call, vocation and purpose; which was going to be full of power of the Holy Spirit with many victories as well as much suffering even unto death for the sake of the gospel in Jesus name.
Peter probably was thinking, well Jesus if I'm going to suffer for your name sake, What about this man? What about John?
What was the position of Peters heart at that very moment, was it jealousy? At that moment maybe Peter was feeling that he shouldn't be the only one that have to face suffering and death for Jesus name sake.
Maybe it was just curiousity! But why? Well we dont know why! But Jesus addresses Peter's curiosity by saying to Peter, mind your own business don't become so preoccupied with John (someone elses) purpose or destiny. Stay focus and make sure your full devotion is toward me. Follow me. Its my prerogative concerning what I have purposed for John's life.
Some people are so focus on other people lives & the vocation of what others are called do to the point of comparison; looking into other people lives as a standard of measurement.
In 2 Corinthians 10:12 Paul called that foolish, unwise and ignorant. That comparison mentality can sway us from our unique predestined purpose that was designed by God just for us.
Let's be careful that we don't become unfaithful in our walk concerning the perfect will of God because of jealousy.
There is no need to covet or be jealous of others, because we are uniquely, fearfully and wonderfully made.
We also must be careful not to allow ourselves to be driven by deception to pursue selfish ambitions (pride of life) because we measuring up our lives against another.
I pray that we do not abort our true identity in Christ and become and imitation of another by comparing ourselves to others. If we abort our identity by imitating another, we abort our purpose and the authority that God has given us to walk out our vocation through Jesus Christ.
Our vocation in the body of Christ according to God may differ from our brothers and sisters in the kingdom; but we have to remember we are after the same goal which is the ministry of reconciliation of the lost, preparing God’s people to serve, building up the body of Christ until all of us are united in faith and knowledge about Jesus, until we become mature and measure up to Christ, who is the standard.
II Corinthians 10:12 NKJV
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.
I Peter 4:15 NKJV
But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters.
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