May 14th 2009

Are You Keeping Up With The Jones’?

“But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise”
II Corinthians 10:12 (NKJ)

We live in a very materialistic society. There is great encouragement to acquire, acquire, acquire. Or perhaps better put, get, get, get. Sounds ugly, doesn’t it? Everyone living in this part of the world is subject to these pressures, often because Mr and Mrs J, down the road or across the street, have already got one. Life can often appear to be a huge game. As someone once wrongly said, “He who dies with the most toys wins.”

But this is missing the whole point. Life is not an end in itself; the winner is not to be found in this life. Comparing ourselves among ourselves is pointless, only leading to envy or pride.

There is a comparison, however, which is very valuable to make. The apostle Paul wrote of this to the church in Ephesus: “…till we all come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ…” (Ephesians 4:13).

Now, there is something worth comparing with and striving to equal, and it is God’s purpose to bring us to that condition.

It is for this purpose that Jesus raised up his Church and staffed it with gifted elders that they might equip the saints for the work of ministry.

How do you compare with the high standard of Jesus? Not to fear it-it is God who works in us, bringing about a new creation.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation!” (II Corinthians. 5:17)

Look to the perfect model if you wish to make comparisons.

Prayer
Our Father in heaven, thank you for the wonderful, perfect example of your Son Jesus. May I shun the focus of this world to acquire more and more, comparing myself with others. Let me rather set Jesus before me as the model, whom I wish to emulate, setting value only in this.
Amen

Study by David Stirk

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