Comparison Trap: Week 1

Comparison Trap
1 – Trapped by Possessions
10/11/15

Podcast

Key Scripture: “Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct.” – Galatians 6:4-5

There is no win in comparison.

If you look in the wrong direction, it will lead you in the wrong direction.

“Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind.” – Ecclesiastes 4:4

“Then someone called from the crowd, “Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father’s estate with me.” Jesus replied, “Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?” Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’ “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.” – Luke 12:13-21

1.  Guard Against Greed

2.  Be Radically Generous

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son…” – John 3:16

3.  Focus On What Matters

“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ…” – Philippians 3:7-8

“The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.” – 1 John 2:17

“Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.” – Luke 9:58

Discussion Questions:

– When you think about the comparison trap in your life – what areas do you tend to compare in the most?

– What are the “ers” (prettier, smarter, etc) you tend to chase after?  Why do those matter to you so much?

– What did Todd mean when he said there is no win in comparison?  Why is it always a losing game?

– Where do you tend to struggle the most with comparison towards others possessions?  How can seeing your possessions as God’s help you?

– How can you apply this message to your life this week?