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Have you ever compared yourself to someone else? I know I have!

According to some studies, as much as ten percent of our thoughts involve comparisons of some kind. It’s almost like our culture has hard-wired us to constantly compare. We compare ourselves to others all the time, whether it’s our looks, how much we make, how big our houses are, the grades we make in school, etc. We even compare our religiosity to others: how much of the Bible we’ve memorized, how often we go to church, whether or not we are in a small group, how often we pray, and the list goes on. We compare restaurants, TV shows, spouses, children, personalities, vacations…we literally are comparing constantly.

In Luke 18:9-14, Jesus teaches on comparison and just how harmful and damaging comparison is to our relationship with our God. Really, when we compare ourselves to others, we are just trying to determine our own social and personal worth based on how we stack up against others. If the Gospel of Jesus Christ has taught us anything, it’s that our worth does not come from this world or anything in this world. Our worth does not come from all of the amazing things we’ve done or the big jobs we have or the children we raise or the person we marry or our accomplishments. We are worthy because of what Jesus did for us. We are made worthy and righteous because of Christ’s finished work on the cross. I would like to invite you today to stop trying to prove your worth by comparing yourself to others. An immeasurable price has already been paid on your behalf that will forever satisfy God. What a relief!

— Pastor Marge


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