The Comparison Trap
"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10
Those of us who have been saved by His amazing grace, have been specially created to do His "good works"; we are His "workmanship" (lit. "masterpiece" or " work of art"). He already knows what He will ask from each of us to further His Kingdom. He doesn't need us; He desires for us to want to be a part of His plan. My prayer is that I will be confident in His power and that I would allow the Holy Spirit inside to move me to do His will.
We must avoid the comparison trap. It is so easily done these days with social media stealing all of our time. Stirring our interests by capturing our attention with the most desired wardrobe for the season, or the beautifully sought after home decor that we just can't live without, or the perfect family gathering, or amazing pics of vacations abroad, or whatever might enamor us.
How do we stir our hearts away and take control of how we spend our time and what we fill our thoughts with?
Let's take a look at scripture for some guidance and encouragement.
#1 Comparing leads to discontentment and discouragement (Prov.4:23).
We must be careful what we say, what we see and what we do. Let God's Word captivate you (Prov.4:24-26).
#2 Comparing leads to pride (Prov.13:10).
Self-centered pride brings disgrace to us and dishonor to God.
We must not build ourselves up in things of this world but the things of God by His
love, grace and humility. (Prov.11:2)
#3 Comparing leads to the disappearance of a need for God in our lives (2 Peter 1:3,4).
Striving for more of Him decreases the value of the 'stuff'; for it cannot supply us with what truly fulfills our life. He gives us all we need (Phil.4:19).
Let's try a healthy comparison by asking yourself these questions:
*Does my life line up with Christ? (Matt. 16:24)
*How have I grown in my spiritual life over the past year, two years, ten years? (Eph. 4:15)
*Am I where I need to be in my walk with Christ? (Eph. 4:13)
Beware of the Comparison Trap it will leave you hurt, angry, lonely, confused and always disappointed. Be mindful of scripture that reinforces who we are in Christ Jesus, why we are here and where we are going. Remember, this is not our home we are just passing through. That doesn't mean we can't enjoy our time here with nice things, good times and memorable vacations of course, we are to live in the world but never of the world. All 'things' should have their perspective places.
Read, watch and pray as God stirs your heart for His.
I love you & He loves you more!
Lord, May we seek you when the desires of this world consume us. May we focus on what is important as we enjoy what You have blessed us with here, always considering what our value is in You first. May we keep our eyes on You our God, our Creator, our Friend. Amen.