Comparison has been a companion of mine for my entire life. If we are honest, it’s in all of us. It bears names like “education, money, intellect, beauty, weight, status and success”, just to name a few. We are born into a society and bred by that society to compare. It’s so rooted in us that we don’t even know we are doing it.
Comparison is defined as the act of comparing and also simultaneously the state of being compared. Do you get that? Comparison is the thing we do externally as a manifestation of what we are doing internally.
So what does scripture say about this subject? A lot actually. But it really boils down to this:
“For we would never dare to compare ourselves with people who have based their worth on self-commendation. They check themselves against and compare themselves with one another. It just shows that they don’t have any sense!”-1 Cor. 10:12
Theodore Roosevelt said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” As lovers of the great Lover, our joy is found in the person and anchor of Jesus Christ. To compare myself with others is to intentionally look Christ in the face and say, “You are not enough. What You have for me and all that Your Word promises as an anchor for my soul is not enough.”
So today can I ask, where are you being robbed of the joy you’ve been given in Christ? Can you look Jesus in the face and tell Him with all certainty and vulnerability that He truly is enough—enough to lay down the ways of the world and believe His Word instead?