“Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?” (John 21:23)
Have you ever felt like you were getting the short end of the stick from God? I mean really. Surely, you’ve had to catch yourself every once in a while wondering why your lot in life is what it is and someone else has it made on easy street. Simon Peter found himself comparing his path with that of the younger apostle, John. It is interesting, that while Simon never mentioned this event in his future writings, John, inspired by the Holy Spirit made sure it was preserved for all eternity.
I have stood there by the Sea of Galilee in the very place where this encounter took place. Even now, when I return to Israel, I find myself longing to sit there once again. I have played that record in my mind over again and again, because like Simon Peter, I’ve wondered the same thing. Still, I get the same answer as he did, “…what’s that to you?”
Each of us has a destiny to fulfill and a role to play in the Kingdom of God. The Lord already has our steps completely mapped out and is helping us move on down the line to accomplish His perfect will in our lives. Though it’s easy to say, “Don’t compare yourself to someone else,” it’s much harder to live like that. Life without comparisons is God’s plan for us. To refuse to live there says we are thinking God is being unfair with us.
The real truth is we should not try to sing that song of fairness. If we really got what was fair, we would be in deep weeds! I’m thankful for God’s grace instead! When you choose grace rather than fairness, you find yourself traveling down the road which is so exciting you never have time to evaluate the other fellow’s pavement. There’s nothing to be gained by living, looking at someone else’s garden…just enjoy yours today!