Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | May 14, 2019

The Trap of Comparison

“Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.” Romans 12:3 (NLT)

There’s a bit of pride going on in my house right now. Comparison weaseled its way in and made itself at home. “I’m almost a head taller than you, little brother,” older brother says as he puffs out his chest and rises to his full height. Lately, my sons have been growing like weeds. Jeans that used to bunch at the ankles now reveal the socks below.

They celebrate every time they grow taller than yet another adult in the family, but no matter how fast little brother grows, he cannot grow taller than his older brother. This makes older brother proud of his height, constantly comparing himself with shorter family members (including me).

Our key verse warns against our pride in thinking better of ourselves than reality. We are to evaluate ourselves, not by measuring ourselves in comparison to other believers, but by measuring ourselves “by the faith God has given us.” This translation of the verse gives an alternate wording: “by the standard of our God-given faith.”

“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT)

Our faith is based on God’s gift of salvation. God challenges us to evaluate ourselves by the faith He is growing in us as we learn to place our trust in Him.

“Pride is spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense.” (C.S. Lewis)

Just as we undergo surgery to remove cancerous tumors and chemotherapy to eradicate cancer cells, let’s surrender our pride to the knife of honesty. Are you measuring yourself by the right standard?

“Lord, Your grace is such a beautiful gift; thank You. May we be honest in our evaluation as we measure ourselves by the standard of the faith You’ve given us.”

For His Glory

Tammy Randlett (
TRBC Women’s Life

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