Where is Your Focus?
Daily Bible Reading – Jeremiah 45-47; Psalm 105; John 21
Today’s Key Passage – John 21:18-22
A few years ago, I was playing golf with a friend of mine on a course that was new to me. From about 180 yards away, I hit a beautiful approach shot that landed about three feet from the hole. I will be the first to say I am not a great golfer, so I was understandably excited until I turned to my friend to see his reaction. As he stared at the green with a shocked look on his face, he slowly turned to me and started laughing. Unfortunately, I quickly learned that I was incorrectly aiming for the green of an adjacent hole and not the one we were currently playing. I ended up on the wrong green because I was focusing in the wrong direction.
In today’s key passage, we see that Peter had a similar problem. Following Jesus’ resurrection, He was walking with Peter and talking to him about the difficult times he would face ahead. (Vss. 18-19) As Peter listened to Jesus, he noticed that John was following them, and asked Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” (Vs. 21) Instead of thinking about how he could serve Jesus, Peter was focusing in the wrong direction. To this, Jesus simply answered by saying, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” (Vs. 22)
All of us can fall into the trap of comparing our lives to other people. We wonder why others have received a blessing we have not received or why their walk with God is different from our own. We can even become judgmental and start comparing someone else’s devotion to Christ to our own. When these temptations strike, we must remember Jesus’ words as he gently says, “What is that to you?” No matter what is happening with anyone else, our role is to follow Him. Instead of focusing on what God is doing in other people’s lives, keep your focus clearly aligned on Jesus. When you do, you will never have to worry about ending up on the wrong green.
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- 15 Days in the Word with John Piper “A WORD FOR BACKSLIDERS” (christlikeministriesnwa.wordpress.com)
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Posted on August 19, 2012, in 04 - John and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, God, Godly Living, Jesus, Judgment, Religion, Sin, Temptation. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a Comment.