Every one of us is special and important in the eyes of God. When you compare yourself with others in the Body of Christ, you displease the Lord. We must learn that He made us who we are and placed us where we are, for the good of the whole Body and for His own glory. When we complain that our gift or gifts are not the same as another person’s, we are judging God. We are also asking Him why He did not give us the other person’s gift. This makes us to crave another person’s gift and this attitude displeases God. He expects us to accept our gifts and use them to bless the Body of Christ. Also, our God does not make mistakes, as He knows what He is doing, all the time.
When we compare our gifts with others, we may become discouraged and our gifts may not seem as important as another person’s gifts. Also when we compare our gifts with others, we may become proud because we think our gifts are better than another person’s gifts. This attitude may discourage others and bring no glory to God. We need to learn that God gives us gifts suited to us. It will be very uncomfortable trying to wear shoes, which are not the right size, as they will not fit at all! In like manner, the gifts God has given you are just right for you. The gifts He has for the other members of the Body are just right for them.
So, we can see that there is no sense at all in comparing our gifts with the gifts of others. The bible tells us in Romans 12:5-6a, “So, in Christ, we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts according to the grace given us.” We need to focus on the gifts given us by the Almighty and ask Him to help us use them for His glory. There is no good reason for craving another person’s gifts, since we belong to the same Body. Each of us benefits from other persons’ gifts, so there should be no comparison. We cannot compare our feet with our mouth because they do not look or act alike. But both are necessary and both contribute to the same purpose, and our human bodies profit.
This same principle is the same with the members of the Body of Christ. God wants us to use our spiritual gifts to benefit others in the Body of Christ, the Church. When we all work together, we keep the Body strong and there will be no deficiency. We also help to relieve the strain the church is suffering. We have all been gifted by grace from God above and not by our own strength. We are equipped to build and strengthen the church with faith and love. Good teamwork divides the efforts and multiplies the results, for the glory of God. But when some members do not pull their weight, others, who are far less gifted in those areas, must step in to work together.
PRAYER OF SALVATION
If you have not already committed your life to Jesus and you would like to do so now, please pray this prayer:
“Lord Jesus, I am sorry for all the things I have done wrong. Thank you for dying for me on the cross, to set me free from my sins. I ask you to come into my life as my personal Lord and Saviour, and fill me with the Holy Spirit. Thank you Lord Jesus. Amen.”
Congratulations, if you have prayed this prayer. Please look for a Bible-believing church, to fellowship with the brethren. Please do not hesitate to contact me, if I can be of any assistance to you. Remain blessed and enjoy the presence of the Lord.