Don’t Compare Yourself To Others – Stay Focused On Jesus

All of us have, at times, compared ourselves to others. It may be one of our siblings or, a friend of ours or maybe someone at school or a neighbor. Normally it’s someone we would like to be like.
Maybe you wish you were more athletic so you wish you were like someone who is.           Maybe someone else looks like you would like to look.
Maybe someone else has the charisma you wish you had.
Whatever it is or whomever it is, you can look at someone and wish you were them. And, that can lead to discouragement and even a mild case of depression. Because we can never be someone else.
But we shouldn’t focus on others. Hebrews 12:2 says, “…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” The word “fixing” means to “consider attentively.” It means to take our eyes off of other people and focus on Jesus. Why? Because Jesus never lets us down. Jesus accepts us like we are.
The Christmas season is just around the corner. Maybe your money has been tight and you are not going to be able to spend the money you normally spend on Christmas. And, that may be frustrating because you see and hear what others are giving and it frustrates you. But, instead of focusing on others, we need to keep our eyes on Christ.
Jesus accepts us as we are.. He doesn’t want us to be someone else. Jesus loves us as we are… Jesus forgives us… Jesus never lets us down… He never disappoints us. We should keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.
Years ago, I knew a man who watched a particular Preacher on TV. That particular had a moral problem and resigned. During that time, I was visiting with the gentleman I knew and he said, “Gregg; I hope you never let me down like that man did.” I was a young Preacher and didn’t know what to say.
I should have told him, “Sir, I hope I don’t either but, don’t worship a Preacher; keep your eyes fixed on Jesus.”
We should do the same.

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