Avoiding the Comparison Trap
Don’t you love when God’s Word unexpectedly speaks to where you are?
I had one of those ‘unexpected’ moments today while reading the final chapter of John.
Earlier in John, Peter had denied Christ three times. But in John 21, Jesus not only restores the relationship but personally commissions Peter to ministry.
I don’t know about you, but I would have been beyond excited to have this type of one on one conversation with Jesus. Yet as the conversation was nearing its end, Peter asks one question that if we were honest, might have wedged in our mind as well.
Speaking of John, Peter asked Jesus, “What about this man?”
Despite an incomparable encounter with Christ, Peter’s eyes were distracted when he looked at someone else’s life: John’s success, John’s failure, John’s path. Rather than leaning into Christ’s call, Peter’s eyes deflected to what Christ may or may not being doing in someone else’s life.
And while Peter couldn’t scroll through news feeds from Facebook and Instagram in his bed at night, he had been caught by the trap of comparison.
Let me simply point you to Christ’s response.
A response that unexpectedly encouraged me earlier today.
To Peter, Jesus said, ‘If it my will that he [John] remains until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!” (John 21:23)
It’s Christ’s word to us.
No need to look around. No need to compare.
Christ says, "You follow me."
So when confronted today with the urge to compare, free yourself with this:
“What should their success matter to me?. . . I will follow Christ!