Have you ever praised someone for doing something great and secretly in the back of your mind you think… “I wish i could have done that”?
I think it’s no surprise to all of us that there are people in this world that are just better at doing things than we are. But not just random things but things we personally strive to be the best at. Whether it’s sports, design, academics, we all can get very lost in this game of who’s better than who. And ultimately, comparing ourselves to another begins to seep into our mind. And then, not to long after that, jealousy starts to invade our hearts. It all can be a very slippery slope and it all begins when we put your focus on another human being. Don’t get me wrong, being inspired by someone is fantastic but it’s when we look to that human being as the end all be all we will eventually realize that we can never measure up. Why? Because we are not them. We are uniquely different and uniquely purposed.
Nevertheless, I believe this issue comparison is something that we will never get rid of and that’s ok. In fact, I believe God made us with an innate sense to latch on to something or someone better with the purpose of propelling us forward. But sin, like it always does ruins God’s plan for us. It makes us believe that in the presence of something or someone greater, we can never add up. We are worthless. But also like always, Jesus provides a way to restore what was once lost.
Yes, in comparing ourselves to the perfect Jesus, we will inevitably begin to see our own imperfections. God means for this to happen. He means for you to realize, “Wow, I am messed up.” But also, God has given us a way to move past that mindset and status. And this is where the death, burial and resurrection of Christ performs the ultimate miracle! Instead of not being able to obtain perfection, Jesus opens the flood gates and gives us access to the Father and all of heavens blessings through the Holy Spirit! He makes us His own!! WHAT?! Yes, through comparing ourselves and looking to Jesus (the only perfect man/God) we not only find that we can not measure up to perfection, we find that through Jesus’ sacrifice we can measure up because it is Him that lived the life that we should have and it is Him that has given His life to us! For those who are in Christ Jesus, we have the freedom and joy of saying and believing that, “It is not me, but Christ that lives in me!” He has paid the highest price for our salvation and future!
It’s totally ok that you will never be the best basketball player in the world, or the best web designer, etc. But by the grace of God, you will be the best (enter name here) that there will ever be and where ever that takes you, that is for God to decide.
This song reminds me of the faithfulness and greatness of who God is. And it’s through comparing where I am to Jesus that I can find hope and strength to live righteously just like He is righteous.
Be blessed my friends!