It’s a trait of human nature to compare ourselves with others. Disappointingly, there are those who feel themselves superior, perhaps because of wealth or business prowess, or skill. Sadly, there are those who feel themselves as insignificant. They look at others around them, see that some have money, others have great talent, and many come from what appears to be a perfect family. They shrink away feeling they don’t measure up.
Comparing ourselves to others is never a good idea. We are warned of this in II Corinthians 10:12, “…when one compares his or herself to another, using another as their standard of measurement, is not wise.” Our very best example to follow is the example of Jesus Christ and in those we see living like Him.
Do you realise that God Himself wants you to be the very best you, in Him, that you can be? He doesn’t want you to be the best copy of your neighbor. You can be encouraged by your neighbor, but the best one to imitate is Jesus Himself.
Perhaps our arch enemy, Satan, whispers the lie, “you have nothing worthwhile to give.” What a terrible deception that too many have believed through the ages. You have something most valuable indeed to give; you have you. I love the practical illustrations of this that we find in God’s Word. Remember the story of Jesus feeding the multitudes? The story is recorded in John 6. There is a young boy with five bread rolls and two pieces of fish. He could only feed himself with that size of lunch, but He gave that lunch to Jesus. He gave everything he had to give. We know what Jesus did; He performed a miracle, feeding thousands with that meager offering, touching many lives as a result.
There is another story of a poor widow. It’s recorded in Mark 12. Jesus was sitting in the Temple near the collection box. He watched many wealthy people put in large amounts. Then He watched as a poor widow dropped in two coins. He called His disciples and said that she had given more than anyone because she had given all she had.
Remember, it’s never the greatness of skill that you have, or wealth that you possess, or a charismatic personality. It’s the attitude of your heart. It’s the idea that everything I have belongs to Jesus; therefore, I will give it all, little or much, and watch what He will do with it. Everyday I will awake with the attitude, “I give you all of me, Father. What will you do?”
When one possesses that attitude, stand tall and watch, because God has a plan and it’s always a good one. There is nothing in this world that can bring joy, equal to the delight, that comes from total giving oneself to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
“Above all things, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.” Proverbs 4:23
Who we are, what we become, is always a matter of the heart and to whom we give it.