John 1 verse12: With other believers we can’t compare ourselves, because God doesn’t have favorites., but we all can make Him proud.Job 1 verse 8; “Have you considered My servant Job, no one else on the earth is like him, a man perfect in integrity, who fears God and turns away from evil. Christianity is not a religion, it is a way of life, a religion may use comparisons for example: Luke 18 verse 9 to 14: ‘The Parable of The Pharisee and the Tax Collector.’The Pharisee had a perception the He was more right with God, than the tax collector.
Most likely they were both disliked by the people of their time. If they had being doing their job with compassion and the best of their ability, they were doing their best before God.Matthew 9 verse 9: Jesus calls a tax collector to follow Him as a disciple. Jesus also called fishermen, Jesus looks at the heart, not he image we are trying to portray.In comparing ourselves, we risk loneliness, because no one cultivates friends by finding fault with others in order to feel better about oneself.
In The Parable The Tax Collector was the one, who shows us the path to truth about ourselves. His approach was based on honesty about himself, and becoming more like Christ.The world system will never get it, while everybody is trying to be better then someone else. We as believers need to become more Christlike, because He is our only perfect example.
1 Corinthians 3 verse 5: “ So what is Apollos? And what is Paul? They are servants through whom you believed and each one has the role the Lord has given
Paul is pointing out that the work of planting at Corinth was a joint venture between himself, Apollos and the Lord. And actually many others were involved as well. But the point is that cooperation, not competition, is what the Lord desires.
Not comparison to others, but comparison to how what you were like before and how much you are growing in The Lord. We all will need to give account of ourselves to the Lord, and we should not be thinking He is going to say, we are better than anybody, but we should be thinking that we like many others will hear from Him, “Well done Thy good and faithful servant”
O F J.