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How High Will You Go with Your Gift?

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How High Will You Go with Your Gift?

One of the worst things we can do is compare our gifts and talents with others. When we compare we suffer with either pride or insecurity, and both are wrong! The danger of comparison is found in 2 Corinthians 10:12 “We wouldn’t put ourselves in the same class with or compare ourselves to those who are bold enough to make their own recommendations. Certainly, when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves to themselves, they show how foolish they are.”[1]

We dare not classify or compare ourselves with others.

When we compare ourselves with others, we are not wise.

It’s not smart to compare yourself to other Christians. Proud rooster walked into the hen house. He had a big ostrich egg he’d borrowed. A farmer up the road raised ostriches. He says “Ladies, I don’t want to intimidate you—I just wanted you to see what they’re doing up the road.” He’s not a real smart rooster.

God determines the level of ability our gifts can become.  Jesus told the parable of the talents. Each one received a gift, but there were noticeably different levels of ability. One individual received five talents, another was given two talents, and third received only one talent.

My theory is that there are not that many five-talent people running around. There are a few more fours, and then more threes…. We deify the five-talent, Peyton Mannings of the world. God determines what we get. Many of us are in that one-talent capacity, and there is nothing wrong with that. I may want to be a five, but if God has given me the talent to be a one—I need to be proud to be a one-talent person.
Do the very best we can with the gifts we have been given—and not fall into the comparison trap.

 

[1] God’s Word Translation

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About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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