Part 2 of 2 In This Series About The Christian Comparison Game
In Part 1 of this 2 part blog series, we talked about WHY we should stop comparing our acts of “Christian service” to what we percieve other believers to be doing for the Kingdom.
You can read Part 1 here.
The three main reasons WHY we should stop the Christian comparisons were:
1. We are discrediting who God made us to be.
2. We are in danger of harming the Body of Christ.
3. We could be tempted to do nothing.
So what now?
We can see WHY we must stop playing the Christian Comparison Game, but HOW?
Here are three ideas.
1. Notice and embrace whom God created YOU to be.
It’s so cliché, but there is truly only one you. And like the old saying goes, “because there’s only one of you, there’s something only you can do.”
Look at Queen Esther of the Bible. She was Jew living in Persia and because of her great beauty, the king choose to make her his wife. When she is told by her cousin, a follow Jew, that their people are being threatened and there’s a plot to kill them all on certain date, she is asked to approach the King with the news that she is a Jew and a request for him to save her people.
Esther was the only one in the right position as both a Queen and a Jew to approach the King with this request. Her cousin Mordecia pleads with her to help by saying in Esther 4:14;
And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
And the story has a happy ending. Esther obeys and God delivers.
And that wasn’t a one-time deal! God will continue to deliver us as we obey His call.
So here we are.
This is our time on this planet. What is it that God wants to use us for in His Kingdom?
Notice what God is doing around you. Embrace who you are and what gifts and talents He’s given you to help you join Him.
2. Encourage your follow believers!
My friend Amy is a physical therapist by trade. She works with women who have issues that are very physical and private in nature. Amy is a gifted communicator and has a fire in her belly for justice. God is using Amy’s circumstances, her passions, her talents and training to lead her into a ministry that weekly visits strip clubs to ultimately share the love of Jesus Christ with the dancers. Amy thrives in this ministry and is making an impact for the Kingdom in a way that some other women would not choose. This ministry is the current thing Amy feels God has called her to “for such as time as this.” It may change tomorrow, or next year, or in thirty years. But she is faithful today where God is calling her today.
So instead of comparing our ministry to Amy’s we should pray for her! Do you know that’s exactly what Esther asked her friends to do for her? They fasted and prayed for Esther’s life and for effectiveness in what she was being called to do. We should pray the same things for others and encourage them to press on with our words, notes, texts, emails and whatever else we can think of!
My friend, Lindsay is a gifted teacher. She spends her days in a middle school classroom. To some, the call to a middle school classroom would be more daunting than a call to move to the jungles of Africa, but not to Lindsay. Lindsay teaches with intentionality and care. She pours effort into her lesson plans and she pours love into the classroom. She is building relationships with the kids in her school and when appropriate, she is able to share Christ’s love with them. She daily models what it means to be Christ-follower though she cannot always share it verbally. Her work is her ministry. She is called to teach these kids “for such a time as this.” It may not be her forever job, but she is faithful today where God is calling her today.
So instead of comparing our ministries to Lindsay’s, we can pray for her. Again, we can ask God to use her and that she would be effective in what God has called her to do. I can also encourage Lindsay by being a friend she can count on for a fun evening out and a trusted ear she can talk to.
There are multitudes of ways to encourage others. Pick one. The important thing is that you DO it. And don’t forget, prayer should top the list!
As Hebrews 10:24 says,
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds…
3. Get to work!
Your ministry is probably not going to look like my ministry.
Remember, if we were all called to Africa to be missionaries, who would be here to offer a loving home for the child in the foster care system?
If we were all called to the strip clubs, who would teach the inner-city drama club where kids are desperate for an adult to give them positive attention and a sense of value.
If we were all called to full-time ministry in churches or para-church organizations, who would go work on the line in the factories or sit in the corner offices where the lost, both the poor and wealthy, are in need of Jesus’ love and hope.
We all have a part to play on this team.
We all have invaluable work to do for a worthy God who calls, equips, and helps us.
What are we waiting for?
Let’s stop the comparisons, embrace who we are, encourage one another, and roll up our sleeves to obey God where He has called us each today.