Who do you compare yourself to?

2 Cor10:12

Not that we venture to class or compare ourselves with some who exalt and furnish testimonials for themselves! However, when they measure themselves with themselves and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding and behave unwisely.

A rich man was about to go on a trip. He decided to share talents with 3 of his servants before he embarked on his journey. He gave one servant 5, another 2 and 1 to the other. The first two servants multiplied their talents, while the last one decided to keep his. He did not think he had much to offer because he had just one.

When we compare ourselves to others, we often gauge our perceived weaknesses with other people’s strengths. We do not take into consideration our strengths and the fact that everyone has weaknesses. That is an unfair comparison.

God gives different people different strengths so we can help and encourage each other. Imagine if we all had the same strengths, there would be no diversity, no fellowship because we can do it all by ourselves – our diversity helps us work together. Our weaknesses helps us to depend on God and draw strength from Him so we can help others. Comparison is a thief of potential because it can make us belittle and make light of what we have. Every little talent and gift God gives us is good and can be used to do good things. If we are faithful to develop the little God has given us, He is faithful to multiply it.

Our fulfilment and confidence comes from knowing that God loves us unconditionally and we are complete in him not from feeling better than others in any way. God has accepted us and we are worthy not because we meet up to anyone’s standards but because we are children of God and we are born of Him

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