It’s 12:53 am and I wasn’t planning on writing a blog at all. But I was just singing the song in my head by Coolio, haha “I take a look at my life and realize there’s nothing left” from the soundtrack Dangerous Minds. Hence the title. Now The lyric has little to do with what I am going to talk about today, but the title may apply.
Now I know a lot of times as Christians, and plain and simple as human beings, we can play the game “well I am not as bad as him or her” or “at least I’m not doing that like they did”, now come on and be honest…lol…I’ve done it before too. I can even recall times that I have, that I’m not going to share, but know that if I’ve done it, others have too.
2 Corinthians 10:12 “ Oh, don’t worry; we wouldn’t dare say that we are as wonderful as these other men who tell you how important they are! But they are only comparing themselves with each other, using themselves as the standard of measurement. How ignorant!”
I believe God is calling us to a higher standard. Not to a standard that we create for ourselves with other people. Of course we are going to highlight the good things that we do and the worst things that others do. For example, say you are at a bible study, now this is kind of funny, but serious at the same time, say you are at a bible study and you come to prayer time and praying for maybe somethings that your group is struggling with, it comes to your turn and you are going to try and make yourself look good to others. You tell them that you have been struggling with not being spiritual enough or not spending enough time reading your bible and that may be true, but that is the “sin” you want others to see and think you have, when really your prayer request should have been maybe your struggling with lusting after someone’s wife or dwelling on some serious unforgiveness bordering on hate. It can be easy to play ‘dress up’. You see the difference between the two? You are saying well this one won’t make me look as bad, it may even make you appear more “holy”, but we all have that part of us who is comparing ourselves to what the world sees, when really we should be comparing our lives to what God is calling us to be.
It’s kind of like when you are driving down the road and that traffic light turns yellow, you speed up when you know you should slow down, you hit the red light and floor it through. You are like “Oh Crap”, but then you look in your rear view mirror and there is a car behind you who did the same, but hey at least you weren’t as bad as that guy! Haha. My point exactly. Us people, us human beings, have “Dangerous Minds” and we need to transform our thinking to God’s way and not our way or the world’s way.
Romans 12:2 “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
My challenge to you is, to be honest with yourself and with God. God knows your deepest secrets anyway. Be honest to yourself and to God in where you are at and how you deal with life and different situations. Don’t compare yourself to the next guy to make yourself look better. Compare yourself to the heart and call that God is truly calling you to. You probably have heard that voice inside of you that tells you, “you are better than that” and then you hear your inside voice “At least I’m doing something” or “At least I’m not doing that”, yeah I’m sure you have heard that! Listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit, He is telling you the right way and is giving you the right standard!
love this jon! so true. to compare ourselves to what God has called us to. Are we measuring up to the call he placed on us as individuals or us as christians…..
Tough stuff to carry it out. Some things about REAL me I cannot imagine saying aloud. And do you know why? I know they will be spread as a gossip. Hate gossips! Even the “well-meaning Christian” gossips. So many times I regretted for being honest, for pouring out stuff in a moment when it seemed to be appropriate…
For some reason the list “oh, I thought I will NEVER do that, but I just did” expands. And when it happens, shame comes. And we hide our face from God. The story as old as the creation of humankind. I think we have that gene. And I think it’s called “sin”. And it’s just bloody tough to get pass the shame and disappointment. So there… Thanks for writing this entry, Jon. Spot on!
Thanks for sharing Talitha! I know we all can relate! 🙂