2 Corinthians 10:12-18 – “For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding. 13 But we will not boast beyond our measure, but within the measure of the sphere which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even as far as you. 14 For we are not overextending ourselves, as if we did not reach to you, for we were the first to come even as far as you in the gospel of Christ; 15 not boasting beyond our measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but with the hope that as your faith grows, we will be, within our sphere, enlarged even more by you, 16 so as to preach the gospel even to the regions beyond you, and not to boast in what has been accomplished in the sphere of another. 17 But HE WHO BOASTS IS TO BOAST IN THE LORD. 18 For it is not he who commends himself that is approved, but he whom the Lord commends.” NASU
Through the years I’ve known preachers and laity alike who name the name of Christ but use other people as their rule of measuring themselves. They live in comparison rather than relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. They get their significance, and sense of self-worth from forming a list of those whom they deem lesser than themselves (in accomplishment, keeping the rules, etc.) and are frequently jealous of those whom they recognize as either being more spiritual or better at keeping the rules than they. THAT IS NOT CHRISTIANITY! If anything is it LEGALISM and they allow themselves to become Pharisees.
Paul tells the Corinthian church that his objective is not to be compared to another nor boast beyond the measure (grace, gift, ability, talent, etc.) the Lord has given him. He repeatedly tells believers everywhere that the measure is not another person but Christ Himself. His statement in (verse 18) is most powerful – “For it is not he who commends himself that is approved, but he whom the Lord commends.” Having people consider us great means little if on that final day we fail to hear the Lord say, “Well done, My good and faithful servant…” Without the WELL DONE from Jesus, all that atta-boys or accolades of men are meaningless.
I have endeavored to emulate Christ, not some other minister! I have never wanted to be an echo but have always wanted to be a voice. When I preach, teach or write I do not want people to see me I truly want them to see Christ in me. I don’t want people following me and encourage people to only follow me as I follow the Lord. I cannot save anyone’s soul but He can. I am human and subject to fail or disappoint you but He WILL NOT! I recognize that too often I have fallen short but HE DOES NOT! I recognize my inadequacies but HE HAS NONE!
If I can speak or write a word that will point you to Him and inspire you to trust Him and build your faith then I have fulfilled my assignment! If whatever gift, talent, or ability He has placed in me helps someone scale the heights to a more, lofty plane spiritually then I have completed my assignment. I want it to be inscribed on my tombstone when that day comes as it was of David… “He fulfilled the purposes of God in his generation then he died.” (Acts 13:36). That is my passion to not just pursue the purposes of God for my life but to fulfill them. I do not want to compare myself or be compared with any other human being. I desire to manifest Christ as I know that is the desire of each of you. Therefore, let us each take stock of our lives and if we are guilty of comparison living rather than relational living, let’s repent and cease and turn our eyes fully upon Jesus and allow Him to have FULL CONTROL of our lives!
May you have a fulfilling Father’s Day today and enjoy the presence of the Lord in your hearts and lives! May He guide you into the pathways He desires for you to walk, open the doors He wants you to go through, and bring about divine encounters with those to whom He desires you to minister to or be ministered to by!
Blessings upon you and all that you do for the cause of His Kingdom!