John 21:15-23 (KJV)
15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.
19 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.
20 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?
21 Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?
22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.
23 Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?
This is amazing to me that Jesus told Peter that it wasn't none of his business what John was going to go through for serving the Lord. He told Peter that he needed to be about his own business of serving the Lord no matter what the cost...that following Jesus is a personal matter between the disciple and his Lord.
The apostle Paul wanted to win Christ and love him supremely. I never read where he complain about others who were not persecuted as much as he was. I never read that he ever complained to the Lord about some disciples having it better than others. I believe we need to pray for all people to be faithful to Christ through all of life's circumstances. Pray that God will give his people strength and favor through all of life.
Yes I agree Blaine that we should pray for those that are being persecuted but they are probably praying for us to be faithful to the lord also. We must believe God will make a way for all his people. We must pray for one another.
I have never read where any of the apostles tried to make others feel guilty because they were not being persecuted like the Apostle Paul was being persecuted. When I read about what the apostle Paul went through with all the suffering for Christ he endured and then telling others to rejoice in the Lord always it really humbles me to tears. I see what a wretch I really am and how much I need Christ to increase in my life! I pray to God that I will be able to rejoice and be faithful through all things I go through...that it will be for Christ and His glory!
Romans 8:1 (KJV)
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Blessings to all!