Not comparing or self-commendingBro. David Chancellor
10/18/2009 11:00 AM
So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophecy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering; or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation; he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love: in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality, Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
We need to find our place in the body and fill it. God works through each of us individually. We’re not clones. There are all kinds of things we can be as Christians. Paul covers the breadth of the Christian life.
"Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits." View others like yourself. Think of them like you think of yourself. Get on the same level with others. Don’t be focused on thinking on yourself. (Don’t be stuck on yourself.) Don’t be conceited.
Blessing comes to life when you can be humble and get focused on what is beneficial and helpful to others.
Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him. The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets. As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed. The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth. The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
Being conceited and stuck on yourself is a bad position to take. The lazy find it hard to work to feed themselves. The lazy man thinks he’s wise. Laziness doesn’t promote good things in people.
We don’t want to be lazy. God gave Adam a job even in the garden of Eden. He’s given us good things and has given us a purpose. Sometimes we’ll go through hard places and do hard things. Some people climb mountains because they are challenged by hard things. It makes it more beautiful knowing what it took to get there.
We’ve been blessed by God.
2 Corinthians 10:10-13
For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful: but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible. Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present. 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. But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the ruler which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.
Some had questioned Paul’s qualifications as an apostle. "For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful…" His letters take thorough reading, but he wasn’t much to look at or listen to, as far as oration goes.
Don’t go around patting yourself on the back. Take the phrases, "I’m not as bad as," or "I’m better than" out of your vocabulary. Don’t get into comparing yourself to others or getting stuck on yourself. Everything we have, we have received from God.
And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot; I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
God knew they weren’t any of the things they said they were. There were no good qualities to recite, but they commended themselves. They weren’t commended by God. It is God’s view that matters. Don’t get into a self-commending mode. Appreciate God’s goodness. Lift God up and be encouraged in him. Self-commendation won’t help us find what we need. Acknowledging our needs to God in humility before him is where we’ll find the answers for them. God’s view of us is the view that matters.
2 Corinthians 10:17-18
But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.
What’s important is that God approves of you. We’re no better than God says we are. It’s about how God sees us. The glory and honor in our lives should come from God. When God approves, that’s the best approval we can get. We may not feel approved of by others, but God’s approval is the one to seek. Ask yourself, "What does God think of me? What does God want from me?" Seek God’s approval and blessing. Let the glory go to him. Be encouraged in God. When God is working in your life, there’s a lot to rejoice in.
To hear, "Well done" in eternity, live to hear it here. "But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord." Trouble develops when we’re thinking too highly of ourselves.