‘When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they lack wisdom.’ 2 Corinthians 10:12 AMP
If you’ve lost your joy in serving the Lord, maybe it’s because you’re comparing yourself to others and trying to be like them. Paul said, ‘Do your own work well… don’t compare yourself.’ (Galatians 6:4 CEV) Paul continually dealt with critics. And his response was always the same: avoid comparisons, resist exaggerations, and seek only God’s commendation. He refused to be distracted by criticism, or compare his ministry, or engage in fruitless debates. Author John Bunyan said if his life was fruitless it didn’t matter who praised him, and if it was fruitful it didn’t matter who criticised him.
Speaker and writer Anne Peterson adds: ‘Kill the dragons of comparison… When I see something that ruffles my feathers I pray for that person. It’s easier when I’m honest with God—He knows how I feel anyway. Then I begin to praise Him… I sing old hymns… they’re loaded with truths about the Lord. Instead of wondering when I’ll attain the thing I’m working towards, I dwell on the wonderful things God has already done. Contentment is available as long as we keep our eyes on the King of Kings.’ An unknown poet wrote: ‘The stick I made for measuring, I used most every day. It helped me to compare myself with others on my way. I watched all those behind me, or further down the road, and I would readjust my pace or lighten up my load. The most important drawback with how I ran my race, was watching everything around—except my Saviour’s face!’
SoulFood: Col 3–4, Philem, Lk 21:1–11, Ps 78:9–16, Prov 23:22–25
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023