One of the things I try not to do is engage in the comparison game. “I have been so busy!” is one that is a favorite of many. “Busy” is a relative term that leaves people to engage in a “who is busier” contest where no one wins. We are, however, instructed by scripture to engage in at least one comparison game. When we struggle, are persecuted or experience hardship, we are to compare ourselves to the hardship that Jesus faced. The scripture explains what will happen if we do this comparative analysis correctly. The result is that we will not grow weary or fainthearted. The result is joy in being counted worthy to suffer in Jesus’ Name. The result is peace.
- Are you engaged in the right comparison game or the wrong one?
- Compared to what Christ suffered, especially in his last three days of earthly ministry, how is it going with you?
- Why is it we find it easier to compare ourselves with those who have it easier than us rather than compare ourselves with Christ?
A Prayer: Father, too often I compare myself with how good others have it. I realize that the scripture asks me to compare myself to you and how hard you had it. I am thankful for the hardships I face, that you would count me worthy to grow in my faith and represent Jesus well. I am not going to sadistically hope for adversity, but whatever is in your will is where I will find contentment. Father, I belong to you.
Rev. Terry Weyman – Lead Pastor – Greenville First Church of the Nazarene – Greenville, SC