How many times have I taken my eyes off of the Lord, like Peter in the Bible, only to find myself totally lost and sinking in my circumstances? How many of you can relate to this? I know in Peter’s case it was directly related to fear but there are numerous things that can get your eyes off of the Lord. All with the same end result. Fear, worry, lack of patience, comparison, unthankfulness, and so many others.
Can we talk for a little while about the dangers of comparison? Comparison in regards to comparing your life, possessions, talents, or lack there of, with others. Comparison is something we as women do so well. Even as godly women.
So what is comparison really? Comparing your basket of goodies (anything really) with your friends or neighbors and feeling less than equal. Feeling jealous of what they have and what you don’t. Feeling ungrateful for what you have because it’s not as good as theirs. Coveting another’s life, possessions, work, family, talents, etc., because you view it as better than yours.
Did you see how in that simple, seemingly harmless word “comparison” we can really have jealousy, ungratefulness, and covetousness all bundled into one. And IT IS SO EASY TO GET CAUGHT UP INTO IT. If we let comparison take a foot hold, and fail to repent of it, we can really end up with a much larger problem on our hands.
So let’s ask ourselves a few questions…
Who are we living for? Who are working for? Who are we giving for? Who are we caring for? Who are we sharing for?
Sure each of these questions all have their unique answer. But ultimately, if you are a christian, they should all be done as unto the Lord.
Our audience of One.
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10
Now remember that “man” can also be “self”.
How much would we bless the Lord if in all of these actions we had Him at the forefront of our mind? If in our living, in all that we do, we consciously thought, I’m doing it unto Him. As a gift. As an offering.
How much would WE be blessed ourselves, if this was a truth in our lives? Reminding ourselves that it is unto Him. It belongs to Him, it’s not ours, we have given it away to Him. And if we have given it away to Him, it is up to Him what he does with it.
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. 1 Corinthians 3:6-7 (emphasis mine)
Now isn’t that a bit of a cure for comparison? Doing it unto the Lord, our audience of one, and trusting Him for the end result… Whatever that might be. Knowing in all things that He has our absolute best interest at heart. That what we have, who we are, where we live, how successful we are, all of our circumstances, were hand picked just for us. Because. He. Knows. Best.
Can I get an Amen!?
We must keep our eyes focused on Him, sweet friend. Not on our neighbor. We all have a unique, special calling. A story of our own. The fact that it doesn’t look like your friend’s, or your neighbor’s, is where the beauty lies.
When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You follow me.” John 21:21-22 (emphasis mine)
Instead of questioning why, start thanking Him for it. Even the struggles and the hardships… Keep tilling that dry, hard, soil, that seems to yield no fruit. You never know who is out there watching you. Who will be inspired by you. If you are faithful, He will use you. You may never know it this side of heaven, but He will. Trust Him for it.
I hope this blessed you today. Have you been struggling with comparing your life, your things, your fruit, your talents, with others? Do you need prayer in this area, or any other area? Please let me know. I would love to pray for you. xx