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2 Corinthians 10:12
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.
St. Paul was responding to the situation of false teachers who had infiltrated the church at Corinth. Somehow they had developed what is commonly referred to as their own “Mutual Admiration Society,” where they were comparing themselves with one another and with themselves instead of the standard of God’s word. The apostle said, “This is not wise.”
When you live in a capitalistic society (which I’m happy to be a part of), life becomes unusually competitive. Business especially marks its own progress based upon market value in the world of stocks and bonds. They are actually encouraged when a competing company fails. This illustration could go on forever; however, the point is the arena of Christian faith is never to be measured against other Christian brothers and sisters. That’s where “Comparisons” end. Our Comparisons are only to be measured against God’s Holy Word. Anything other than the Word of God is not wise when it comes to Comparisons. When the Word of God is our measure, there will always be room to grow. Today, don’t look down or to your left or right to monitor how your life is going. Instead, look up, because only Jesus is worthy of our Comparisons.
When I compare my own spiritual growth to You, I’m quickly aware that I just don’t measure up. But I’m never discouraged by that. Instead I’m very encouraged, because I know there’s always room to grow. When I embrace that thought, I’m humbled and encouraged to press on! Amen