The Transgression Of Measuring Yourself By Others
By Brian A. Yeager
A. Man is not our standard (Luke 16:15 and I Corinthians 3:18-21).
1. Don’t let how others treat you to guide you (John 12:42-43).
2. Even when men or women are good examples, there is a qualifier (I Corinthians 11:1).
B. The word of God is what we are to measure ourselves by (Luke 4:4 and John 6:63).
1. Those who incorrectly measure themselves are in for a surprise (Luke 13:22-30).
2. Thus, use God’s standard we will be judged by (James 2:10-12).
II. Body: II Corinthians 10:7-12
A. Don’t look towards those you perceive as lower than yourself to exalt yourself (Luke 18:9-14).
1. Self-commendation doesn’t cut it (II Corinthians 10:17-18).
2. Even IF someone were actually less than you in some way, you’re goal should be to lift them up rather than stand upon them to lift you up (Romans 15:1-3 and I Corinthians 9:19-27).
B. Don’t use others to degrade yourself (Psalms 73:1-28).
1. The grass always looks greener, but is it (Psalms 49:1-20 and I John 2:15-17)?
2. Rather than spending time looking at what others have, can do, comparing their “success” to yours, etc.; what should you do (Philippians 4:11)?
C. Some further thoughts...
1. Don’t forget that we are all different concerning what we’re capable of doing and what we’re therefore expected to do (Luke 12:41-48).
2. Don’t begin measuring yourself by people that are spiritually lost (Psalms 1:1-6).
3. What does it mean when we read that those measuring themselves and comparing themselves to others “are not wise” (Ephesians 5:15-17 and Proverbs 3:35)?
III. Conclusion: Open the mirror of God and stand alone in front of it (James 1:21-27).
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