In The World, Not of It
The comparison trap is real. It’s easy to compare ourselves to others and hone in on our own comfort, pleasure, status and wants (Exodus 20:17). But we will never accumulate enough to satisfy the deep longing we have in our soul for acceptance, love and peace — only God can do that. We are either for the Kingdom of God or we’re living for the pleasures of this world (James 4:1-10; 2 Timothy 3:1-5). Becoming “friendly” with the world breeds familiarity, which in turn allows the things of this world to influence us (1 John 2:15-17). If we walk in arrogance, our pride tell us to rely on what we can do, see and achieve; rather, let’s humble ourselves so we are constantly learning and depending on God (Jeremiah 29:12-13).
1) What or who is influencing my life? God or the world?
2) How do I define success? What does the Bible say a successful life looks like?
3) Is my heart more prideful or humble?