The Snare of Compare {TGCW12-Carolyn Mahaney}

“The Snare of Compare” | John 21:15-22
The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference 2012
Workshop #1 | Carolyn Mahaney

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How do respond when someone gets what we want?
What are we to do about the things we can’t do anything about? 

vs. 18- Transition from addressing past failure of Peter to addressing his future: death by crucifixion.
vs. 19- “Follow Me,” Christ commands. Jesus knew the one thing that would help Peter most is to follow Him. Grace would be given. We often want pity when we are facing something hard. The best thing we can get is theologically sound counsel.

Like Peter, we have unexpected, undesirable things in our life that we can’t change. Peter could be sure that God assigned it to him. It was divinely appointed and assigned for a special purpose: to glorify God.

Every experience we have been assigned that we maybe don’t want is ultimately that we might glorify God. View these assignments as opportunities to glorify God.

vs. 21- Peter turned away from Jesus and started to compare Himself to John.

vs. 22- Jesus rebuked and commanded Peter. “What I have prepared for John is none of your business. You, follow Me.” For Peter, to turn away from the Savior and to John was the most destructive thing He could’ve done. “What I have assigned to her is none of your concern,” is the most loving thing God could say to us.

Something you must do instead? Follow Him! For every unwanted experience or withheld blessing, God has the same words for us: “You follow Me!” We must keep this in our head. Following the Lord is our life’s call.

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when His glory is revealed. -1 Peter 4:12-13

{Be sure to read the introductory post to my TGCW12 reviews.}

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