Tempted to Compare

Tempted to Compare

None of us are immune to the temptations of pride and fear. As Peter walked with Jesus after being freshly commissioned by Him—with Jesus’ words “Follow me!” still ringing in his ears—Peter turned to compare himself with another disciple. Was Peter’s question prompted by fear in light of Jesus’ warning about the suffering his service would entail? Did it spring from pride in being commissioned by Jesus Himself? What about you? Where are you tempted to compare yourself with others? Where is Jesus calling you to follow Him?

When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”—John 21:21-22

Prayer: Jesus, let me hear your words “Follow me!” as clearly as Peter heard them that day. Turn my heart from comparing myself with others. Replace fear with God-confidence and pride with humility as I follow You. Use me today as I lead in Your name. Amen.