“For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise” II Corinthians 10:12.
In II Corinthians 10:1-12, Paul, in reference to those who questioned his authority as an apostle, warned against looking at things according to the outward appearance (verse 7). Paul went on to say he did not want to be included in the number of those who commend themselves or compare themselves with others (verse 12). Many of the false teachers of Paul’s day made the mistake of measuring themselves by themselves and comparing themselves by themselves (also verse 12).
Can we not find a lesson in this for us today? If we are not careful, we may also make the mistake of comparing ourselves with others. We may look at someone else and say, “See, I don’t come close to doing all of the sinful things that he does!” Using someone else as the standard, we may think we’re alright, and subsequently fail to recognize our own shortcomings.
But may it not also work in the reverse? Is it possible that we might compare ourselves to others and think, “See, I don’t have nearly the faith that he has!” or “I’m not doing nearly as much as he (or she) is doing.” Or maybe, “I wish I had the knowledge that he has!” We may incorrectly develop an unhealthy self-image and a woefully inaccurate view of our worth to God.
Today, I will be the best I can be without comparing myself to others!