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No More Comparing!
2 Corinthians 10, 1 Samuel 18
Comparing started in the Garden of Eden when Satan insinuated that God had something they didn’t have. An Old Testament example is found in 1 Samuel 18:6-9 where Saul became furious when the people proclaimed that he had slain thousands but to David, they attributed tens of thousands. A New Testament example is in John 21:20-23: “20 Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” 23 Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”
Three things about the comparison trap:
We lack understanding of our God-given identity and purpose. 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.
We all battle the sin of covertness. Colossians 3:5: “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.” Greed is idolatry and we are to remove it.