Originally published Monday, 07 March 2016.
Pinning your hearts on what the world says about you instead of believing what God says about you is damaging. The world is a twisted version of what God intended and it takes a relationship with the One who made you to live from His approval of you. Your worth was worth dying for by Jesus. You might think this sounds cliché, but it’s true. Your identity was sealed on the day of your accepting that there is a better way in Jesus. So why do we compare ourselves with others or with ourselves?
It’s dangerous, and full of pride. Don’t go there!
- Comparisons kill. 2 Corinthians 10:12 says, “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.” It’s not a good practice to measure yourself to the standards of man. That makes you a fool!
- Comparisons destroy humility. “We say that people are proud of being rich, or clever, or good-looking, but they are not. They are proud of being richer, or clever, or better-looking than others. If everyone else became equally rich, or clever, or good-looking, there would be nothing to be proud about.” ~ C.S. Lewis. Comparing only measures where you fall short, or fail at something, again foolish and that’s a poverty mindset!
- Comparison fools our focus. When you compare you are fooling yourself, allowing resentfulness and bitterness take root in your life. The road to entitlement is a slippery slope often bypassing gratefulness and contentment. “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. ” Philippians 4:11-12.
Remember Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” God loves you, and has chosen you to be His child before the foundations of the world were created. Accept that He made you to be you! You have been given a unique and purpose!
God doesn’t compare His children, so why do you? Knowing who are in Christ is also knowing who you don’t have to be.
Think of your life like this: You are an apple tree seed, designed to bear a certain kind of apple. In a sense, the tree is already in the seed; God put it there. The seed is the glory of God that is divinely placed, your potential. Before the apple seed can realize its full potential and become an apple tree it must be planted in the proper environment where it can be nurtured and cared for. When all the conditions are right – fertile soil, irrigation, the proper climate and the plenty of sunshine—the seed will sprout and produce a tree. That is the way God designed you, the tree, and the fruit is your glory with crisp, juicy apples. The apple seed will “become” a fruit-bearing tree, and the kind of fruit that God intended it to be.
You are uniquely you with a God placed vision for your life! God has made you with His glory inside and He always sees beyond the obvious! He looks past what is to what can be. God has planted in us dreams, ideas, passions, imagination, creativity and hope. These things require the right environment in order to flourish and come to fruition. Choices we make every day affect both the environment in which we live and breathe and grow. How we spend our time, our money, how we feed our bodies, the ideas and images that fill our minds form books, movies, or the internet…all of them have an effect on our “trees”! So don’t compare your tree, patterns of behavior or imitate any fakers. You have what it takes inside of you to become what God has planned for you!
Keeping yourselves clean, pure and free of comparisons brings contentment and allows God’s perfecting work in you to become what He intended. That doesn’t mean you won’t make mistakes or have flaws but in your weakest moment, you are still powerfully loved. God’s love overpowers all that you are not! If an apple tree dies in the seed, we never see its fruit, its glory. God wants to release you to your full potential. So be you…you have been divinely designed! Jesus has given you all the approval you need and nothing compares to that!