Have you ever compared yourself to someone else? Of course, you have, we all have at one point or another. It is inevitable that we think we are either better or worse than someone else. I have known Christians who compared their lives of service to others who hadn’t done nearly so much for the Lord (on the surface), thinking that it elevated them to a higher status with God — not so.

Do you know why?

God never compares us to each other. He compares us to His Son Jesus. Huh oh! Now we are in trouble. No one can live up to what Jesus was! Are you familiar with the prophet Elijah in the Old Testament? He was a great man and did some big-time miracles. But do you know what James says about him in James chapter 5 verses 17 and 18? Listen to this:

“Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain; and it rained not on the earth by the space of 3 years and 6 months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.”

James is telling us that Elijah was just an ordinary man, EXCEPT, he believed God. That was what set him apart. Elijah knew that God was faithful and when he began to pray earnestly, he was confident that God was going to answer his prayer. Do you know how else we know that Elijah was just like us? He met with the prophets of Baal (a false god) and had a contest, seeing who could get their god to answer and send fire to consume a prepared sacrifice.

Of course, when Elijah prayed, God not only sent fire to burn up the sacrifice, but the fire burnt the wood, the stones, and the very dirt around the altar! Then Jezebel threatens his life and Elijah RUNS! He was scared! After his great victory, he was physically tired, emotionally exhausted, and totally depressed. Now who among us have not been there and done that?

If you just look at Elijah’s accomplishments, and not his failures, you would think, ‘well I could never live up to that,’ and that is the point. Each of us only needs to live up to what God has called us to do. Never compare yourself to someone who God has called to be something you are not.

The Apostle Paul made his point about this subject in I Corinthians 12: 12-26 when he was comparing the church to a living body — everyone cannot be an eye, or an ear, or a hand, and so on. It is only when we are doing our part in being what God wants US to be, that we not only feel fulfilled, but others are blessed by our being in tune with God. Was it the Army that had the slogan, “Be all that you can be, in the Army?” Well, we are soldiers in God’s army, and He wants us to be all that we can be for Him and His cause.

And His cause is letting people know of His great love for them and His provision of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ. That is our assignment, collectively … but personally, He will let you know what He wants you to be doing. How do you find out what it is? You begin searching His Word and praying and asking Him — it is that simple.

Christian Author

Author of "From a Clay Jar to a Treasured Vessel" and "Strands of Gold from a Treasured Vessel: Devotional Thoughts."

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