2 CORINTHIANS 10:17
It appears many people find it difficult to avoid comparison, though they claim to be full of the Holy Spirit. They know it isn’t godly, but it’s so difficult to avoid. We hear it every day in Ghana, between our political elite, who, instead of spending time to improve the lives of the down trodden, spend precious time, energy and resources making needless comparisons. It has even gotten more out of hand with the rise of social media. There’s even more constant exposure among preachers; who take selfies and make live video streamings of their possessions, auditoriums, cars, buildings and even their congregations just so they can compare. Childish, isn’t it?
Comparison has crept into every area of our lives. In my honest opinion, this is devilish; because it divides, disillusions and destroys the body of Christ. Christianity should be contentment, not comparison. Contentment begins with a “thankful heart”. Comparison is a trap, which compels us to be inward, greedy and selfish. It turns us to focus more on ourselves and what we lack, instead of what we have; which causes discontentment.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or deceit, but in humility count others more important than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3)
Christians must cultivate a heart of gratitude and thankfulness. A heart full of gratitude will compel us to appreciate our uniqueness in the sight of God and turn to appreciate and value our varied gifts and talents which God graciously gave us.
“Do not become self-conceited, provoking one another, envying one another” (Galatians 5:26)
In most cases, people ridiculously compare themselves to people they never like. They cast aspersions, use derogatory words and sometimes, insulting language against people who are just minding their business. They try to show how loving, caring, charming and how amazing the other person is; how spiritual, anointed and how hard working he or she is, and how pathetic and empty the others are. Deny the accuser the opportunity to flash your mind with these thoughts.
The enemy always seeks to undermine us with these needless comparisons and make you feel inferior, condemned and useless. Just be who you are; no need to compare.
To be cont..
Stay blessed always and remember to love someone and mean it.
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Rev. Prophet Luke Luki Barson is the Senior Pastor at Liberty House Christian Centre at Tema Community 25.
He has studied at the University of Ghana, the Methodist University College and the Christian Service University College.
He is currently a PhD student at the University of South Africa.