We are all in the same boat, and Jesus leads us all at the same time. He is the beacon. We are the travelers at sea. He calms the waves and brings us home. The differences that seem so important to human beings cannot be compared with the vastly greater difference between the holiness of God and the human condition in which all of us must share.
Who cares if we are better or worse than others? Certainly not the others. For Jesus the question is meaningless. All humankind is part of the “problem.” How is he going to bring us home?
When everyone oars in a different direction the boat moves slowly and in circles. When all aim at the same beacon arrival is certain. In either case he loves us all. Jesus gives us different roles, not because our roles define our worth, but because the roles are necessary if we are to pull together. Jesus leads and saves both the helper and the helped. There is no room for pride.
When I am conceited, Lord Jesus, remind me that I am as much a part of the problem as of the solution. Keep me in the truth.