John 21:15 (ESV)
15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”
My first base every day is LOVING JESUS more than I love anything he lets me do or be a part of accomplishing.
In verse 22 Peter wants Jesus to tell him what will happen to John and Jesus assures him it is NOT to be his focus. I can tell when Jesus is not my first love because I am looking around comparing myself to others. A leader is wasting precious energy when we are caught up in measuring so we can compare, compete or judge. Focus on loving Jesus and walking our your journey with Him.
To examine my focus and my love will take me to uncomfortable exposing places, like it did with Peter. If you hear Jesus say to you “What is that to you?” — relax — he is speaking in love.