2 CORINTHIANS 10:17
“AS THE SCRIPTURE SAYS,”IF YOU WANT TO BOAST, BOAST ONLY ABOUT THE LORD”
I sincerely believe without a shadow of doubt that, God wants us to be ourselves. It is actually far outside of God’s will to start comparing ourselves to others.
About three years ago I preached at a programme in Kumasi and a lady walked to me after service and tried to compare me to another preacher. Whilst she was telling me how the church was blessed, how “powerful” I was, I remembered my “deceptive friends” the Gibeonites in Joshua 9:3-27
I don’t know about you, but I hate comparing myself to others. I usually tell my kids in the house, it’s needless to compare yourselves to other kids in the school or anywhere. Every child of God is unique, and it’s usually one person at a time; whether you are a singer, a preacher, usher or an announcer in the church. Our callings are different, and to different groups of people, but the same message. Paul was called to the Gentiles and Peter was called to the Jews. It will be unfair to compare a preacher in the Northern Regions of Ghana, a predominantly Muslim area who, after a year has only ten members, to a preacher in the South, who after only six months has about hundred members.
One thing about comparison is that, if unchecked, it will lead to crippling thought patterns; self-doubt and jealousy. People may vary, “but comparison is often people we know very well, and we usually spot something about them that we envy and wish we were like them”. The thought starts pretty small, but usually develops into jealousy, envy and hatred. There are even people who compare their righteousness, knowledge of the things of God, to others. They compare their pastor to other pastors. Jesus’ parable in Luke 18:9-14 talks about “some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else. I don’t believe as Christians, we are set out to exalt ourselves when we compare ourselves to others.
People mostly compare themselves out of insecurity. They hope to feel better about themselves if they end up being ahead…
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.