The Bible is full of stories of each prophet or saints experience with God. What if we took say Paul's experience and life and compared it to that of Job. If you compare struggles, I would say Paul has nothing compared to Job. As saints we are not suppose to do that to each other. When this happens jealousy arises and we all want to be the one who looks the best in our and others eyes. We want to be the most holy or the best singer or the best dressed. Just like the Pharisee we become white washed tombs. On the outside we look great but on the inside we are rotten and dead in effort to be the best.
Part 2: The Comparison of ourselves with others.
Here is a short list of ways we compare ourselves with others and determine our worth.
1. Bible reading
2. Prayer Life
3. Serving others
5. Gifts of the Spirit
There are many other ways we compare ourselves to other Christians. How many can you think of?
Let me propose another way of comparison. Let comparison be not a way of determining our worth but of realizing who you can learn from. Christians are built with different strengths and weaknesses. Each can assist you in learning how to be more like Jesus, our only perfect example.
Maybe they have long faced the struggles you are just now starting. Maybe they can show you how they have formed habits of daily bible reading or prayer. We all grow up in Christ differently. Don't beat yourself up because you are not as "mature" as other believers. Take steps to grow.
One of my favorite songs as a child was "He's still working on me".
He's still workin' on me,
To make me what I ought to be.
It took Him just a week to make the moon and the stars,
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars.
How loving and patient He must be,
He's still workin' on me!
There really ought to be a sign upon my heart,
"Don't judge me yet, there's an unfinished part."
But I'll be perfect, just ac-cording to His plan,
Fashioned by the Master's loving hand.
In the mirror of His Word, reflections that I see
Make me wonder why He never gave up on me.
He loves me as I am, and helps me when I pray,
Remember He's the Potter, I'm the clay.