“Not Fair!” – Jesus Talks About Comparing

I used to work for a principal who claimed that the most unfair thing we could do was treat everyone exactly the same.

Do you agree?

Many folks objected when he approached different kids in different ways. I can’t imagine how many times I heard someone whine, “It’s not fair!”

Our insistence on “fairness” is mostly about our preoccupation with comparing. If the other guy got more than we got we complain about injustice. Incidentally, there’s rarely much objection from the guy who got the better end of the deal.

Last weekend our pastor talked about the story in John 21 when Jesus cooks breakfast for a couple of disciples. Toward the end of this encounter Jesus prophesies about Peter’s death. Then Peter points at John and asks, “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 21:22)

It’s one of those stories I’ve heard many times, but this time one small piece caught my attention.

What is that to you? You must follow me.

The message is pretty clear, right? I feel like I’m sitting on that beach, hearing Jesus gentle words:

Stop worrying about what everyone else is doing. Stop wondering why they get more attention or support. What is that to you?

Don’t compare your work or your rewards. Your job is to do what’s in front of you and let me take care of the rest.

I’m in charge, and I’ve got it covered. It’ll be okay.

You must follow me.

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