Today’s Reading | 2 Corinthians 10
Foolish to Compare
When you read verses tweleve through eighteen, did they encourage you or concern you? Does this standard reveal that you are doing okay or that you are not where you need to be? For some, it is very encouraging to know that our standard is not based on other people. We can become discouraged by comparing ourselves to others and realize that we can’t be what they are or what they think we should be. How comforting to know that God is the only one we need to please. Some however, look at people they know and are comfortable and pleased with where they are in their walks with God. We may not be where we should be spiritually, but compared to some, we are doing well. This passage should concern you if you are someone who determines your spiritual maturity by comparing yourself to those around you. To compare ourselves to any standard but God’s is “not wise.” Comparisons either discourage you from service and joy or fill you with misplaced confidence in where you stand. Using this as your guide, how do you stand in your walk with God? Determine today to stop comparing yourself to others and use God’s standard. He alone is who we must please.
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?