“Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else.” Galatians 6:4
It’s so easy to compare ourselves to everybody else, and feel good about ourselves when we’re doing more or aren’t screwing up as badly as the next guy. But all that is simple pride. That’s why this Bible verse always convicts me. I have been given a lot, many blessings and opportunities. In Luke, Jesus said that to whomever has been given much, much will be demanded. So what good does it do me to compare my life to someone who has been given less and to say to myself, “I’m doing better than that guy.” When I take pride in my own accomplishments or my own righteousness above someone elses, I’m ignorant of how life really works. God has created me uniquely to fulfill a specific purpose. So why would I want to compare my life to someone elses?
Each person should test their own actions. That’s such a good command. A lot of churches suffer from self-righteous persons comparing themselves to the rest and subconsciously or consciously ruining the unity of the community because they think they’re better than those around them. I’ve seen it happen quite a few times. And you never really notice the damage. The church just feels cold. There’s no vibrance or life there. It’s funny because comparing ourselves to one another is the exact opposite of what we should be doing. That’s why it says in Romans 14 that those who are farther along in their faith should “Accept him whose faith is weak.” We should be helping one another grow, not secretly glad that they’re down there and you’re up here. So don’t compare yourself with the other Christians in your life. Compare yourself to what the Bible says a Christian should be.