Your measure compared to somebody else does not determine your worth! “and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:19
It’s almost as if we are looking for the acceptance or validation for being “good enough.” The real question: Why do we need to be good, and what is enough?
If you listen to the wrong voices, they will always mislead you. They will always set you up for comparison, and tell you not to grow. If you listen to the right voice, you will always be led in the way you’re supposed to go. Hearing from God is to quest of the worshiper. Which voice are you listening to?
“For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:8.
God does not want you to have the quality of somebody else, that’s why he gave it to you. Your only measurement is in Christ Jesus.
If and when we achieve a successful outcome, does it really bring the satisfaction we are searching? Does it qualify us any further for doing God’s work? Does God love us any more when we succeed? Does He love us any less when we fail?
Of course He doesn't. Most of the time we are in agreement with God and ourselves that he does love us and we are accepted. The true battle we face is what we perceive from others, and how we see ourselves.
We are afraid of what other people think about us. We safeguard our steps and every decision made is in the fear of what others might say or think. Will it change their view about us? Will it stop us from the steps God has called us to take?
As people, we can become too self-critical. When this happens, we compare ourselves to others, get down on ourselves, and/or put limits on our dreams all because we fear that we are not “making the mark.”
The real truth is you are already good enough in what you do, hence, why God has blessed you with this talent, why He’s given you a vision and where He’s placed you in service. Who is greater, the one who leads or the one who serves?
The “mark” I’ve found to measure my growth as an artist comes from 2 Timothy 1:6-7: “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
The only fear to have is the fear of God. Not investing in what God has invested within you is something to fear. God has not blessed you with a gift to be compared by others, but to be shared with others.
We are told in 1 John 1 that there is no fear in love because of Christ has perfected His love through us. By His strength and by His shaping, smith-work and the sweat of our brows, He fashions us for good use by the power of the Holy Spirit. This ultimately should help relieve the pressure of measuring up to others.
As God lit the flame within, now you fan into flame your talent and gift with the help of the Spirit. Train under His guidance as you set your mind on things above: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. As developing people, may we live by the Spirit in keeping in step with the Spirit.
Galatians 5:16-17 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.