Compared to others
For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. 2 Corinthians 10:12
Do you compare yourself to others around you? Do you look at some and say “I wish I were that good looking.” Do you look at others and say “I’m glad I don’t look like that!” Maybe you think, “Why can’t I be as smart as _________?” Or “I’m glad I’m not that dumb”. What about your social media feed? Does it cause you to be judgey and critical? Do you look at posts and think “Well, at least I’m not that bad.” Or even “I am so much better than that guy.” Do you want to be wise?
In the key verse today, Paul talks to the Corinthian church about comparing their lives with the lives of others. He said people who compare their selves to others, whether good or bad, are not wise. Also, don’t put yourself in the same class as those who commend/glorify their self, by measuring yourself to that sort, you are not enlightened. Simply put: you do not have a godly perspective.
Paul goes on to say, what really matters and what you need to be comparing your activity and ways to is how you are walking out the assignment God has for you in this world. He continues by saying we all have limits, and we all have abilities. What is most important is that God created each one of us for a specific purpose and we have the gifts and talents to complete the mission we have been given to do. He also made us to be connected to each other, in that way we can inspire and work together on the plans of God’s heart. Paul said that if you are going to brag about what you have done, boast in the Lord, because He puts His supernatural power on you natural skill.
Today I want to encourage you to look at others to encourage and build them up, not measure yourself to their accomplishment. Help others to find their life of significance in recognizing their purpose in this world. Connect with your God family to work your callings together. Be attentive to your mission and don’t worry about who is doing it better or worse than you. We are all at different levels and various stages in life. When you do look at what others are doing, check in with the Holy Spirit about how you can help to multiply the work that they are doing not belittle and destroy it. We are here to connect to and help one another, not compare and cut down each other. So, the next time you look at your Instagram feed and see the success that someone is going through, cheer them on and love them through the entire process.
Today’s scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 10:12-18
12 We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. 13 We, however, will not boast beyond proper limits, but will confine our boasting to the sphere of service God himself has assigned to us, a sphere that also includes you. 14 We are not going too far in our boasting, as would be the case if we had not come to you, for we did get as far as you with the gospel of Christ. 15 Neither do we go beyond our limits by boasting of work done by others. Our hope is that, as your faith continues to grow, our sphere of activity among you will greatly expand, 16 so that we can preach the gospel in the regions beyond you. For we do not want to boast about work already done in someone else’s territory. 17 But, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” 18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.