2 Corinthians 10:12 ~ ESV
“Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves to one another, they are without understanding.”
Today’s world places a lot of value on appearances and trying to look good to everybody. So, the natural response is to look at other people and try to see how you can ”better” yourself, in order to look more like the people who seem to know what they are doing. But, that doesn’t make any sense at all, when we compare ourselves with others, we are missing the point. God created each one of us just the way He needed us to be to grow His Kingdom. We aren’t going to look, talk, walk, act, pray, worship, eat, grow, lead, follow, or learn the same way as everyone else. We just aren’t! And that’s okay.
God has given each one of us, unique talents and gifts to further His Kingdom, but too often we hide those gifts because we are afraid of what other peple will think. Just because nobody else is doing it doesn’t mean it is the wrong thing to do. When the early church was first becoming established, it wasn’t the POPULAR thing to do. They still followed Jesus because they loved Him.
When we are comparing ourselves to other people, we are missing out on so many things God has made us to be. He didn’t create us to be cookie cutter Christians. He made us to be activated warriors for Him. The only one we should ever compare ourselves to his Jesus, anyone else should not be our standard. The only standard of what our lives should look like comes directly from Jesus, nobody else.