In the spiritual realm, peripheral vision is also important. Nobody will argue with the benefits of being aware of what is happening around us, for with this knowledge we are often able to serve the Lord more wisely. The problem comes when we allow ourselves to be too distracted by things off to the side and lose focus of our primary responsibility.
On one occasion, after Peter had received some personally painful words from the Lord, he looked over and saw John. He immediately inquired as to if his friend would also have a similar future. Jesus’ response was short and blunt. He made it clear to Peter that he was not to let himself be distracted by his friend’s lot.
In the same way, when we see our fellow servants, may our only desire be to exhort and encourage them, and never to compare ourselves with them or our situation with theirs. Let’s not swerve from focusing on our main mission nor lose the good spirit that is so essential in God’s service.