WEEK 10: Follow Christ
“Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. 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.’” (John 21:20-22, NIV)
How often do we get distracted from our own journey with the Lord by focusing too intently on somebody else’s life? Do you also sometimes find yourself, like Peter, asking the Lord, “What about him/her? Why do they not have to go through the same trials that I am going through?” Or “Why can’t I have such a good life as they do? Look at their big house and expensive car – why do I not experience the same blessings as they do?”
In truth, when we do this, we are questioning the sovereignty of God, and every time we deserve the same answer as Peter received: “…what is that to you? You must follow Me.”
We should not allow ourselves to be distracted from our journey with the Lord by looking too intently at other Christians’ lives. Our personal relationship with Christ should prevent this from happening. If we belonged to any other religion in the world, we could justify the comparison of our lives with other people’s lives, but each one of us has the undeserved privilege to stand in a personal relationship with the Creator of the universe who knows each hair on our heads (Matthew 10:30).
Due to our relationship with Christ, we know that He is intimately involved in our lives and He wants to use each one of us to glorify His Name and to partake in the expansion of His Kingdom. He chooses how He wants to use me and how He wants to use my neighbour, and I have the comfort that no matter what His choice is for my life, He is always with me.