(John 21:20-22, John 21:20-24, Matthew 7:13-14, Acts 17:11, Hebrews 12:2a)

In the verses preceding John 21:20 Jesus was dealing with Peter’s failure and restoration. At the very end of this encounter, one will imagine a personal question from Peter rather a question about John’s standing in Christ. Instead Peter asked as he was so concerned about Jesus being particular about him. He seemed to be concerned about how his standing in Christ compares with that of another person. This painted a scenario where Peter was putting his walk with Christ on a comparison table with John’s life. At that moment, maybe he felt that the burden Christ had just confirmed on him was stricter than the ones others are bearing for Christ. So also, when we come face-to-face with our cost of discipleship, we begin to compare it with that of other people. We would want to know why ours could be that stricter than others’. Could it be for self-justifications or self-exaltation? More often it works with our wanting to serve the Lord in the strength of how others serve Him.

That heaven’s demand upon our life seems bigger than those on others does not put us up on the scale of comparison with them. That theirs seem heavier than ours may not as well prove that we are lower in rank. We may not use comparison as the determinant. One could face much challenges in the Christian race because of disobedience, stubbornness, generational sins/curses, a time of trial of faith etc. Whichever one it is, a comparison with other people’s challenges may not help us think right or respond right to Christ’s way of discipling us. His response to that will always be, “If I will that he tarries till I come, what is that to you? You follow me.”

What the Lord has for us is to concentrate on our own journey with Him not on other people’s journey with Him. Through such comparison, at times, we give the devil a platform to put it to us that something is not right with the way Jesus disciples us. Realistically, when we just escape danger because someone warned us while we almost fall into it, we do not ask much questions about others. Why? Maybe because we know it was a privilege and a saving grace for us to have received such timely warning. Likewise, regarding Christ’s manner of discipling us for the kingdom of God, we must be particular in seeking for how to grow in Him. Sin is a danger worse than the fire we know? The Lord Jesus is personal about His relationship with each of us, so we must be with our relationship with Him.

You will not let your child play close to the serpent nest/hole? Then why sin?

Yes, we do not know sin is that dangerous. Jesus knows! If God began talking about sin from Genesis till the last chapter of the book of Revelation, then it is that serious. God loves to help us out of perdition. In the old testament God would not want Nineveh to perish, so, He dealt seriously with Jonah until he brought the warning to the repentant hearts. That is how much God hates to see us perish. If He that creates fire for judgment is making all attempts to save us from it… That goes to show how terrible sin is. Miracles may not take away sins without us playing our part. Doing so requires us to respond to Christ’s way of discipleship through the light of the Holy Scripture and not through other people’s life.

John 21:20-22 KJV
20 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?
21 Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?
22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.

But we may likely need a reference and standard. Yes, the word of God should be our standard for growth in Christ. It is our reference – the unchanging Truth.

Act 17:11 KJV These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and SEARCHED THE SCRIPTURES DAILY, WHETHER those things were so. (with emphasis)

We must not measure our righteousness by the sins of others but by the Word of God.

Prayer Points
1) Lord, open my eyes to see more of your purpose for my life in Jesus name.
2) Lord, give me the understanding of your purpose through Your Holy Word, in Jesus name (Acts 17:11).
3) Father, give me a heart that yield faithfully to Your discipleship, in Jesus name.
4) Father, help me not to fail in my missions for You, in Jesus name.
5) Lord Jesus, bear me up in your arms, so that, I will not strike my foot against a stone.