“What’s wrong with me?”
“Why can’t I be like her?”
“I’ll never be that gifted.”
“If only I was like….”
Comparison and jealousy are the problems: not my perceived lack of gifts. All good things come from God. When there is love, it flows from Him. Where there are gifts, they’re from Him. We don’t create our gifts. Our talents and abilities don’t originate with us. Yes, we nurture and practice them. We choose to grow them or hide them, but we did not create the seed. All of our gifts come from God. We are the caretakers. He is the Master.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
What can we take credit for? Nothing.
What will we answer for? How well we invested what He gave us.
Did we hide our gifts or use them? Multiply them or let them grow stagnant?
Any boasting goes to Him. All glory goes to Him.
The call is to see Him in the gifts of others, not competition. See His hand and glory. Jealousy is questioning God and how He chooses to show His glory. We’re all on the same team, running in the same direction.
Winning is helping others.
Winning is when God is glorified.
Self-exaltation is defeat. Leaving others behind, shutting them out, resenting their gifts, not loving others, and putting self first are in opposition to God.
“…All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’”
1 Peter 5:5b (NIV)
All gifts are given for one purpose—to serve others.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
So that, “…In all things God be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.”
1 Peter 4:11b (NIV)
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3
“Then he said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.’” Luke 9:23-24
We need to lose, so we can win.
Do you struggle with comparison as I do?
Remember: it’s all Jesus. It’s all grace.