Trying to win

Good morning and greetings from London on this frosty morning

Sometimes I have the quite powerful feeling of being inadequate compared to my peers at work. I guess this is not uncommon to all of us – or may be its just me. Either way I was thinking this today and so turned to the Bible to see what God has to say to me about this.

2 Corinthians 10 v 12 says this..”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.”

Apparently, the Corinthians to whom Paul was writing commonly compared themselves with each other. They not only made false ministers the standard to follow, but they also made themselves and their peers standards of righteousness.

Many of the Corinthians were graphic examples of pride and complacency. Occasionally, we also suffer the pride that causes us to compare ourselves among ourselves because it is so deeply ingrained in our human nature to evaluate ourselves by human standards. This is both in our secular work and our spiritual growth.

A professing Christian who, in his/her own eyes, sets him/herself up as the standard of righteousness, will compare him/herself to others who appear to him/her to be less spiritual than him/herself. His/Her views are the standard of righteousness, and his/her ways of worship are the models of proper devotion, so the thinking goes. He/she looks on him/herself as the true measure of spirituality, humility, and energy, and condemns others for failing to rise to their level. They judge everything by their own benchmark: themselves. This is their attitude at work as well, or it can be and clearly this self propelling attitude can be seen in most folk, Christian or not. It seems to be one of those unfortunate traits we have picked up from way back in the Garden – wanting to be as good as others or concerned that they are better than us – in the Garden it was to be as good as God.

However each of us lives under a unique set of circumstances. We are working on different problems, growing at various rates having diverse character traits. We experience dissimilar trials and have been influenced by our environment in distinctive ways. A true and accurate comparison is impossible by another human being. It misses the mark of perfection according to the truth of God. Only God can truly judge a person, for only He can judge the heart and observe the entire picture.

So I am encouraged that whether at work, using the skills God has given me, or in my walk with Him, using the ability He has given me, Gods word encourages me to only consider God as my judge and not be too concerned about trying to beat or be as good as the other person in my church or work place.

Have a good day

Mark

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