At the end of His ministry, Jesus was preparing two of His
top disciples, John and Peter, for his departure. Jesus told Peter,
“Follow me.” Peter (perpetually A.D.D.) looked at John and said, “What
about him?” (John 21:21)
Jesus replies, “What is that to you? You must follow me.”
All human beings are prone to fall in the comparison trap
that Peter fell into. We got our directive from the Lord, “Follow me” and
then we look at a friend who is on a different life track and we compare, in
the process taking our focus off of Jesus and wavering. If we entertain
the temptation to compare for very long, we can become seriously disoriented
and lose sight of Jesus altogether.
That is why reading magazines like “People” or “Us” or even
certain Christian magazines that focus on one-dimensional celebrities featured
in glitzy seminars can be corrosive to our soul. We look at how
attractive they are, how glorious their faith story and apparent success and we
say, “What about him?”
Jesus’ response is always the same, “What is that to you?
You must follow me.”
When we look at others to try and get our bearing, we take
our eyes off Jesus and the path he has given us to walk. It’s one of the
devil’s oldest traps, one which we would do well to avoid.
Another blog on the same subject here