Many adults today have not left behind the childhood trait of being copycats. Usually it is the younger sibling who copies the elder. It is the less accomplished copying the more successful, it is the reach for more and more fashionable things to be like the Joneses. This copying is beneficial as long as it motivates to higher and better performance. However, there is a caveat – it should not be the driving force for life and work, resulting in enslavement to the pursuit of being the same as others in achievement and life style.
Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) When Peter saw him, he asked, “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 21:20-22
As Jesus is telling Peter the manner in which he will die, Peter looks over to John and asks what will happen to him. How often do we want to compare our path with Christ to others? Jesus tells us to not do this. Each of us are challenged to follow Him. To ultimately trust in the Great Shepherd is to listen to His voice and follow Him. As the hymn says, “Though none go with me, still I will follow; No turning back, no turning back.” This is the path of Christ follower.
Do you follow pastor, father, mother, brother, sister, some other believer who to you, seems larger than Jesus Christ, your Saviour?
He wants us to follow only Him as He leads to the end.