Galatians 6:4, 5 (NIV) ~ Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load.
How often do we find ourselves comparing things? We compare prices. We compare clothes. We compare homes. We compare families. We compare churches. We compare body shapes and sizes. We compare personal tastes. We compare hairstyles. We compare cars. We basically live a life of comparison…if we are honest with ourselves.
The scripture above tells us..that we are only to compare ourselves to Christ Jesus. He is the only One who we should strive to be like. I am not saying that we shouldn’t have role models..or look up to those who are called to lead. We need to just be sure that we are seeking wise counsel and Godly wisdom..not worldly wisdom.
Proverbs 2:6 ~ For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
2 Corinthians 10:12,13 ~ We do not dare classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. We, however, will not boast beyond proper limits, but will confine our boasting to the field God has assigned to us, a field that reaches even to you.
The question we need to be asking ourselves is, “Am I measuring up to the standards God has for me?” Another question is, “Am I representing Christ well?” Not..”am I as good at that as ____ is?”
As I wrote about in my last post , every minute..every hour is meant to be used to glorify Christ! Not Heather…not you either. If we are wasting our minutes away comparing ourselves to others, our focus is not where it needs to be. With our focus on God..our life should look different. Every single thing should point to God.
It is a daily..minute by minute…CHOICE. Choose to focus on God..or on me..me..me. Or even on what ____ has that we think we need too.
We have all heard the saying about the grass being greener on the other side. Comparing ourselves to other people is just plain silly. You never know what is really behind the smile or the sad face. Some hide their pain and imperfections really well. Others wear their feelings on their sleeves. Everybody..everybody..has struggles. So why would we waste our time trying to be like other imperfect people.
The ONLY ONE who we should try to be like is Jesus Christ.
How does my life (or your life) compare to the life that Jesus is calling me (or you) to live?
I want to measure up to God’s standards..not man’s standards. I want to “live a life worthy of the calling.” ( Ephesians 4:1)
UNTIL NEXT TIME,