Read 2 Corinthians 10
Focus on verse 12
We compare things every day. When we shop – we compare prices and quality. When we watch football or baseball, we compare teams and players. It is not typically a bad thing to make comparisons, however there is one exception.
In today’s reading Paul is establishing that his exhortation does not negate his humility in serving them.
Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding. (v. 12)
Apparently, the one area that it is not wise to make comparisons, is when we compare ourselves to other people. When we measure our worth according to what we see in others around us – we typically end up feeling either envious, or arrogant and neither of these have a positive affect upon the relationships we have with these people.
While this kind of comparing might be unavoidable in some circles, Paul exhorts the church to be different. Within the church we have one standard to which we compare ourselves, and that is Jesus Christ. We all fall short of that standard to varying degrees by human measurement, but this is the part that I find most encouraging. Though we cannot meet this standard by our own devices, when we submit ourselves to God and put our trust in Jesus, God sees the perfection of Jesus in us. This is what it means to be “perfected in Christ”. (Colossians 1:28-29)
When we see ourselves as perfected in Christ – we tend to lose the desire to compare ourselves to others, because we recognize that our brothers and sisters in Christ as also perfected in Him, which is what makes us like family. It’s not that we are identical, we still are as unique and flawed to some extent by human standards, but we understand that this is secondary to how God sees us.