by: Richelle Torres
By Rusty Sieck, Executive Pastor of Ministries
Ok, let’s be real for just a moment. Have you ever thought, I just don’t measure up? I don’t have what it takes. Have you made a habit of saying things like, I can’t do that, I am not qualified, they are just so much better than I am?
If you have these thoughts and questions running through your mind, you are not alone. All too often, we have these ideas hanging over our lives, like filters that keep us from stepping into the fullness of our God-given ability. The reason for this, I believe, is a disease that our culture needs to be inoculated from – it’s the curse of comparison. I know you may think that curse is too strong of a word but comparing ourselves to others only makes us deny and minimize the gifts that we have been given and designed to use. We feel imperfection and inadequacy because, too often, we live our lives by trying to be someone we are not rather than who we were created to be. We try to operate from gifts that we do not have rather than building upon the gifts that we have been given. God teaches us through scripture in Exodus 20:17,
“You must not covet your neighbor’s house. You must not covet your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.”- Exodus 20:17
When we hear this, we usually think of tangible items, but we should also not covet our neighbors’ gifts and abilities. We can appreciate them and be thankful for them, but we must not deny the very gifts that God has given to us because we all need to exercise our gifts and abilities to fulfill our God-given calling. In Romans 12 we read,
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.
Notice we all have different gifts, and we don’t have the same function. That means we are all unique and gifted, individually, to fulfill our purpose as disciples of Christ. We need each other to be ourselves, exercising the gifts that God has given us so that the Gospel of Jesus Christ will be taken to the whole world. So, stop the comparison game; it only leads to frustration. Learn to embrace you, believe in you, be grateful for what you can and will contribute. Never forget that God believes in you and always will.
My prayer is that you will always remember we all have something to give and something to do for the kingdom of God. We may feel inadequate or even imperfect at times, but we need to constantly remind ourselves that the gifts we have been given are from God. These gifts have a purpose and are sufficient for the work we have been called to do. When we learn to engage those gifts with others, we can say, “I’m Perfect just the way God made me, and I will no longer feel less than, because God doesn’t give bad gifts or make mistakes.” and that includes you! Take this life you have been given and live it for His Glory today.