Recently I participated in a competition where people all around the world did the same exercises and posted their scores. In the group I was with, everyone was making comparisons, seeing how they measured up.

For most of us it was light-hearted and fun and there was lots of encouragement and cheering one another on, but there is no doubt there was a competitiveness there also. We just wanted to see how we stacked up against others.

It is different in Jesus’ Kingdom. Though sometimes we forget.  Have you ever thought; “If only I could sing in worship like them,” or “be as welcoming and friendly,” or even “have the confidence to share my faith like them?”

I know, I’ve thought the same, but when we do, we are missing the point. And even worse, the Enemy will use it as a reason to keep us from getting involved, serving and glorifying Jesus with the gifts God has given us.

Remember Paul writes:

Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct. (Galatians 6:4 – 5)

Don’t look around you, when it comes to serving Jesus with the gifts that the Holy Spirit has given you for His purposes. Look up. Look to God in prayer for the strength and ability to honour and worship Him with our lives and our service. And look only to Him for the satisfaction of doing what you are called to do and bringing Him pleasure and glory.

In that competition I was a part of, I recently learned of a man who won the championship four times. My coach had a pair of shorts from the clothing line the champion had produced. I noticed something interesting. Down the side of the shorts was printed ‘Galatians 6:14.’ “That’s interesting,” I thought.  It reads:

As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died.

Let that be our boast also.