When We SHOULDN’T Consider Others First

Read John 21:15-25

All our lives, we’re taught to consider other people before ourselves to avoid being selfish and self-centered. But when it comes to personal responsibility or opportunity to change, we need to look at ourselves first.

Jesus taught this lesson to Peter when He prophesied about his future (see John 21:18). Peter immediately pointed at John and asked,

“Lord, what about him?” John 21:21

Jesus’ response is classic: “. . . What is that to you? You must follow Me” John 21:22.

When it comes to personal change or challenge, we often look at the unfairness of it all and wonder why the other guy isn’t facing the same difficult circumstance we experience. We must turn those moments into heart-searching introspection and embrace the opportunity to change. Fortunately, Peter did exactly that. He became an influential leader in the Early Church, and he died a martyr’s death. John, on the other hand, lived into his nineties, was tortured for his faith, and experienced the divine Revelation while exiled on the Isle of Patmos. I don’t think either man would have had it any other way.

How well do you embrace opportunties to change?

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