It surprises me how many people rate themselves as a “10 out of 10” when asked to compare themselves to others in any aspect of life. I guess people like to think they measure near the top and are definitely better than average.
Truth is, everyone who has accepted Jesus’ sacrifice for their sins has received God’s perfect gift of eternal life. A soul completely drenched with sin has been exchanged for a new heart fully alive by the Holy Spirit.
But after salvation, do we use our old way of thinking to rate ourselves as Christians? Do we each consider ourselves the best follower, leader, teacher, most loving, the most-like Christ? Are we competing to receive the best grades when we arrive in heaven?
I act that way at times, but I also struggle with thinking I’m unimportant and unworthy, rating myself a two or a three. Paul emphasizes I should think of myself according to the faith God gave to me.
I should neither boast about my ability to teach and encourage others, nor deny it. God gave these spiritual gifts to me so I can share them with others. The most selfish thing of all would be to keep them to myself.
Looking at it another way, every believer receives the same level of gifts. (See 1 Corinthians 12) Each is given what is needed to benefit the Body. Put it that way, I’d say we all rate a 10 out of 10!
Lord God, forgive me when I keep grading my spiritual life on a curve. May I instead rest in all you have given me and how you’ve shaped me and helped me to grow into the person you created me to be. Amen.
Go Deeper — Read I Corinthians 12, and Colossians 1:3-6. Next, pray and thank God for the gifts He has given you and promise Him to use them for His glory, not yours.
Read Further — In what do you base your identity and purpose? Discover your true worth.
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