Just as our gifts, calling, and assignments from the Lord will be different, the outcomes, rewards, and consequences of serving God will differ. God will glorify himself in our lives in many different ways, depending on the person. So just focus on following Jesus…
20 Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”
22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”
We often look to others and compare ourselves or our lives under some impression we have of equity and fairness. If we don’t believe things are fair we want to raise our hand or express our concerns. What about me?
This is what Peter was doing. Jesus had just finished telling Peter about his future, including what kind of death he would die. Peter wanted to know about John. What about him? Is he going to die a nasty death? Is he going to be persecuted for following you like I am, Jesus?
What’s it to you? We want to know that there is fairness and equity in life and in following Jesus, yet the Lord tells us to forget about it. Don’t compare yourself. Don’t worry about what others are doing or what their experience is.
This is amazingly difficult. We are wired, it seems, to succumb to peer pressure and to want to keep up to the Joneses. Our comparisons to others is constant. In our service to Jesus, though, we will each have a different experience.
Just as our gifting and calling and assignments from the Lord will be different, the outcomes and rewards and consequences of serving God will differ. God will glorify himself in our lives in many different ways, depending on the person. We have no right, nor are we offered the privilege of questioning God based on what he does with others.
You must follow me. That’s our instruction.