DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF WITH OTHERS

WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL

JUNE 06, 2024

TOPIC: DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF WITH OTHERS

BY T. O. BANSO

“Do your own work well, and then you will have something to be proud of. But don’t compare yourself with others.  We each must carry our own load” (Galatians 6:4-5 Contemporary English Version).

A leading cause of unhappiness in life is comparison. Unfortunately, many people engage in this, including some Christians. They were happy until they saw someone who had what they didn’t have or was doing what they couldn’t do, and they began to compare themselves with him. They became unhappy because the person was taller than they were, fairer in complexion, riding a better car, doing what they couldn’t do, etc.

Such a comparison is needless because no two people can be the same. People will always have what you don’t have and vice versa. They will always do some things you cannot do, and vice versa. God created us differently. We don’t have the same gifts, abilities, and talents. We must use whatever God has given us, not comparing ourselves with anyone. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully” (Romans 12:6-8 New International Version).

Don’t compare yourself with others. We’re not all on the same level in life. We’ve gone through different experiences in life that have shaped our lives and have contributed to where we are in life. The Bible says those who compare themselves among themselves are not wise (2 Corinthians 10:12). In Galatians 6:4-5, Paul says, “Do your own work well, and then you will have something to be proud of. But don’t compare yourself with others.  We each must carry our own load” (Galatians 6:4-5 Contemporary English Version).

Look at the phrase “But don’t compare yourself with others.” Similarly, the Easy-to-Read Version says, “Don’t compare yourself with others.” Comparison will lead to pride, envy or jealousy, low self-esteem, anxiety, increased stress, strife, discouragement, depression, etc.

Miriam and Aaron should have been content with playing the supportive role God had given them. But they compared themselves with Moses whom God had raised to lead the Israelites, and were envious of his influence on the nation. Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married; for he had married an Ethiopian woman. So they said, ‘Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us also?’ And the Lord heard it” (Numbers 12:1-2 New King James Version). Their real grouse with Moses was not the wife he married but the fact that he was number one in Israel. They were challenging his leadership.

Moses didn’t defend himself but God did. Then He said, ‘Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream. Not so with My servant Moses; he is faithful in all My house. I speak with him face to face, even plainly, and not in dark sayings; and he sees the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?” (Verses 6-8 New King James Version). God’s anger followed this rebuke. The consequence was that Miriam, Moses’ sister who watched over him when his mother put him by the river’s brink as a baby and asked Pharaoh’s daughter if he could go to call her a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse him, was leprous for seven days.

Perhaps God’s judgment would have come upon Aaron, too, if he had not quickly admitted their folly. So Aaron said to Moses, ‘Oh, my lord! Please do not lay this sin on us, in which we have done foolishly and in which we have sinned’” (Numbers 12:11 New King James Version). Miriam and Aaron were not content and grateful to God; they compared themselves with Moses. They wanted the position God had given to Moses. But they learnt their lesson the hard way.

However, Miriam’s case was better than that of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram who led two hundred and fifty of the congregation’s leaders in rebellion against Moses and Aaron. They confronted them saying, “You take too much upon yourselves, for all the congregation is holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?” (Numbers 16:3 New King James Version). The result of their foolish action was disastrous. God answered the prayer of Moses. They didn’t die a natural death – the earth swallowed up Korah, Dathan, and Abiram together with their households and the followers standing with them, and all their goods. That was not all. Their co-conspirators, the two hundred and fifty men offering incense, didn’t escape – fire came out from the LORD and consumed them (verses 32-35).

As if that was not enough, the following day, overzealous Israelites came out to protest the death of these people. Unfortunately, their ill-advised protest only succeeded in increasing the number of casualties as God caused a plague resulting in the death of 14,700 people (verse 49). These unnecessary deaths were because of comparison.

Some people bleach their skin because they don’t like their complexion. They don’t accept themselves the way God made them but compare themselves with others. Some people hate their height, nationality, and other things that God gave them no choice in. David said, I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well” (Psalm 139:14 New King James Version). Everyone is unique. Therefore, there is no need for comparison.

Accept how God has made you and be grateful to Him. Be content with what He has given you and thank Him. Contentment is not the same as laziness. Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content” (1 Timothy 6:6-8 New King James Version). Be content but don’t be lazy or live a mediocre life.Because of laziness the building decays, and through idleness of hands the house leaks” (Ecclesiastes 10:18 New King James Version).

Accept yourself the way God has made you; know the difference between what you have no control over and what you can improve about yourself. Contentment does not mean you must not strive to be the best you can be without engaging in competitive jealousy. We all have different assignments. Everyone must perform his assignment without being intimidated by others’ assignments. Don’t compare yourself with others but work to be the best version of yourself. Accept yourself and always challenge yourself to excellence. Learn from others but compare yourself with no one.

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. Please take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner, and you cannot save yourself, and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner, and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You must join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: Father, thank You for wonderfully and fearfully making me. I am grateful for the gifts, abilities, and talents You have given me. Holy Spirit, help me not to compare myself with anyone but strive to become all God wants me to be. I shall not be envious of anyone in Jesus’ name.

(For over 900 in-depth and powerful messages by T. O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).

T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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