Whenever you picture God’s “star student,” who do you picture? Sometimes, I think that in order to be the best disciple I can be, I have to be some well-known theologian/evangelist like Billy Graham or a saint like Mother Teresa. Comparing my ordinary, everyday life to the greatness of their lives, I find myself doubting myself and–essentially–doubting God’s plan for me.
Peter was struggling with this very same struggle. While comparing himself to John–”the disciple whom Jesus loved”–Peter asked Jesus, “What about your plan for John? What about your plan for me? How do I compare to him?” But Jesus basically stops Peter right there in his train of thought and says,
“If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!” (John 21:21-22, paraphrased).
In other words, Jesus told Peter that it didn’t matter what God had planned for John. All that mattered was that God had a specific plan for Peter just as He had a plan for John.
Here’s the encouragement that I want to share with you today. The “Christian journey” is not about what we accomplish along the way. It’s not even about ourselves at all. Living as a follower of Christ and walking with Him is all about being faithful to Him and trusting His plan for us. “He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one goes to the Father except through Him” (John 14:6-7).
Next time you find yourself comparing your life to someone else’s, stop yourself right there and hear Jesus telling you exactly what he told Peter: Why are you comparing yourself to him or her? Don’t you trust that My Father has a perfect plan for you? I am the Way. Stay faithful to Me, and I will take you there.”
God has a perfect plan for you and for me.
So remain faithful!
…He is the Way…