“Turning his head, Peter noticed the disciple Jesus loved following right behind. When Peter noticed him, he asked Jesus, ‘Master, what’s going to happen to him?’

Jesus said, ‘If I want him to live until I come again, what’s that to you? You—follow me.’ That is how the rumor got out among the brothers that this disciple wouldn’t die. But that is not what Jesus said. He simply said, ‘If I want him to live until I come again, what’s that to you?’

This is the same disciple who was eyewitness to all these things and wrote them down.” John 21:20-24a (MSG)


Jesus and Peter had just had a meeting on the beach after Peter’s night of not catching any fish. Jesus instructed Peter to throw the net out again, and fish filled the net. Peter realized that Jesus was the one on the beach. After a conversation that acted as a reconciliation from Peter’s denial of Jesus, Peter started looking around and saw another disciple on the beach. Jesus had just told Peter what it would cost him to follow Jesus. Yet, Peter was wondering about someone else. Jesus took the focus back from the other disciple and put it back on Peter.

Aren’t we just like Peter? We can start looking around at other people and wondering what God want them to do instead of focusing on what God wants us to do. It’s as if we want to level the playing ground by making sure our paths are comparable. Yet, Jesus isn’t calling us all to the same life, vocation, or calling. It’s like comparing apples to oranges. Jesus is much more concerned with what you are doing, while we are busying ourselves with what others are or are not doing. So, do your best with what you have been given today. Let Jesus deal with the people with whom you find yourself constantly comparing.

Scripture taken from THE MESSAGE. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002.  Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. 

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