John 21:18-23 — Keeping our eyes on Jesus

It must be disconcerting to hear about how you’re going to die.  And so after Jesus told Peter exactly how he was going to die, there probably was an awkward silence.  Peter then suddenly realized that John was walking not far behind them, and so he said, “What about him Lord?  Is he going to die for you too?”

But Jesus replied,

If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.  (22)

So often, as we are serving the Lord, we compare ourselves to others.  Sometimes we are jealous of the gifts and talents they have.  Other times, we look down on others because our gifts and talents are “better” than theirs.

Sometimes as with Peter, God calls us to do something, and we ask, “Why me?  Why don’t you send that guy or that woman instead?”

But the answer Jesus gave Peter is the same that he gives to us.  “Don’t worry about them.  I’ll take care of them.  You follow me.  Don’t focus your eyes on others and compare yourself to them.  Keep your eyes on me and you do the things I tell you.”

Honestly, that can be hard to do.  Our eyes are so quick to drift to others.  Our hearts are so quick to compare ourselves to others.  That’s something that I struggle with even now.

But if we are to bear fruit as God desires, then we need to get our eyes off of others serving God, and put them solely on Jesus.

How about you? Where are your eyes?  On yourself?  On others?  Or on Jesus?

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About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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