WHAT IS THAT TO YOU John 21:15-22
Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.” (v22)
Social media is useful for many things, but contentment is not one of them. At least not for me. Even when my goals are good, I can become discouraged by continual reminders that others are accomplishing them first or with greater results. I am prone to this kind of discouragement, so I frequently remind myself that God has given me everything I need to accomplish the work He wants me to do.
This means I don’t need a bigger budget or the assurance of success. I don’t need a better work environment or a different job. I don’t need the approval or permission of others. I don’t need good health or more time. God may give me some of those things, but everything I need I already have, for when He assigns work He provides the resources. My only assignment is to use what ever time and talents He has given in a way that blesses others and gives God the glory.
Jesus and Peter had a conversation and got around to this subject. After making breakfast on the shore of Galilee, Jesus told Peter what would happen at the end of his life. Pointing at another disciple, Peter asked, “What about him?” Jesus responded, “What is that to you?” That is the question I need to ask myself when I compare myself with others. The answer is, “None of my business.” My business is to follow Jesus and to be faithful.
PRAYER LINE: In what ways do I need to learn not to compare myself with others? How has God blessed me to fulfill His purposes?
Resentment comes from looking at others; contentment comes from looking at God. (ODB)