Thou Shall Not Compare

When I write these blog posts, I often write (at least mentally) a message to the struggling Christians that may read them one day. I all too often forget that I’m included in that audience, too. I all too often try to make it look like I’m the perfect Christian telling people what they need to be doing or thinking, but in reality, I’m on the end that needs to be preached to, encouraged, and reminded of Jesus’ love too.

So then I’m reminded that I’ve fallen short. It’s a depressing thought, but it’s the truth. When I remember all my shortcomings, I start to realize how much “greater” other Christians were at life. Peter stepped out of the boat, Paul rejoiced always, David was a man after God’s own heart. I start to look at the men and women of the Bible, along with some modern-day Christians, who were/are perfect if I only dwell on their achievements. But if I read more, I find out that Peter denied Jesus three times, Paul was formerly Saul, and Daivd was an adulterous murderer. They had failures of their own.

If you see yourself as the perfect one teaching others who have fallen, you’re not going to get very far. If you view everyone but yourself as being “super” Christians, you’ll find yourself drowning in the comparisons that you make. So what’s the balance?

What we have to realize is this: All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), but sin shouldn’t rule over us, because we are not under the law but under grace (Romans 6:14). Even though we all sin, we shouldn’t let the shame of the past get to us. We shouldn’t hang onto it forever, comparing our past with the past of others. Everyone who has proclaimed Jesus as the Lord of their life is now a child of God.

We are all equal in God’s eyes. He doesn’t have favorites. We (notice I’m including myself) need to stop comparing our actions to everyone else’s. We need to live free of comparisons. Everyone is made in the image of God, and everyone sins. No human is greater than another. Despite our greatest attempts, we all fall short.

My point is: no one is above anyone, yet no one is below anyone. Jesus created all, Jesus died for all. We are equally God’s children, so let’s live free of the comparisons that hold us back.