It is our natural tendency to compare ourselves to others. The world does this but so does the church. Those who have gathered in the name of Jesus often look at their progress on the backs of their brothers and sisters. I can think of many times I have taken pride in myself for how far along I have come in my faith as compared to another. Yet, when we do this we sin. Our comparison for who we are supposed to be is not measured by a broken ruler. You and I are broken rulers. To be more right but still very much wrong is not a great comfort. Charles Spurgeon said this:
“Let us measure ourselves by our Master, and not by our fellow-servants: then pride will be impossible, but hopefulness will be natural. We are capable of much greater things; let us attempt them. It is time for us to live, for we are growing old.”
If we measure ourselves by Jesus we find no room for pride or thoughts of superiority instead we are humbled by our master. Yet, as Spurgeon said, we will have hope; because our master intends to make us like Himself. In that, we have not arrived, but we know God is faithful and cannot lie and so we will be like Christ. (1 John 3:2) It is time for us to stop comparing brokenness and seek the greater thing, “for we are growing old.”
How have you fallen into comparing broken rulers?
Do you know that you will be like Christ?