Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else.–Galatians 6:4 NIV
The title of this post is “No Comparisons,” but I'm going to contradict myself for a minute to say that I love comparing Scriptures in different translations and versions. If I'm not sure what a verse is saying I will read it from another translation for a different perspective. Look at the above verse in these different versions:
Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don't be impressed with yourself. Don't compare yourself with others. Galatians 6:4 MSG
Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won't need to compare yourself to anyone else. Galatians 6:4 NLT
Pay care attention to your own work; make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given…
These words really speak to me this morning. We need to pay attention to the work God has called us to do and not compare ourselves to others. I'm only responsible for the work God has called me to do. (“For we are each responsible for our own conduct.” – vs 5) But how many times do we try to compare? Sometimes we compare the physical or material, i.e. Do they make more money; Is she prettier; Who has better clothes, newer car, better house, etc. But other times we compare things which should be more spiritual.
- Is our worship team better than theirs?
- Do we please God with our worship?
- Do I sing as well as that person?
- Do I sing for God?
- Am I as powerful a teacher/preacher as they are?
- Are you teaching/preaching what God laid on your heart?
- Do I have as many readers or followers on my blog or Facebook page as they do?
- Are you writing for God or man?
Everything I am is because of the Grace of God. And everything I do should be for His Glory. There is no good in me – but there is God in me. I want to boast in that alone.
For my part, I am going to boast about nothing but the Cross of our Master, Jesus Christ. Because of that Cross, I have been crucified in relation to the world, set free from the stifling atmosphere of pleasing others and fitting into the little patterns that they dictate. –Galatians 6:14,15 MSG