4 – Comparison
Theme Verse: “We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith…” (Hebrews 12:2)
Christ hasn’t called us to want other people’s lives, or to compare our lives to theirs; He has called us to follow Him.
“I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to let him know by what kind of death he would glorify God. Then Jesus told him, “Follow me.” 20 Peter turned around and saw behind them the disciple Jesus loved—the one who had leaned over to Jesus during supper and asked, “Lord, who will betray you?” 21 Peter asked Jesus, “What about him, Lord?” 22Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.” (John 21:18-22)
When you find yourself comparing yourself to someone else, ask yourself, “Do I want to be more like them, or more like Jesus?” There is nothing wrong with having people in your life that you look up to and admire. There is nothing wrong with trying to follow someone’s example. But our goal is not to follow them, it is to follow Jesus.
- Do you use social media? Which one (Insta, FB, Twiter, etc.) is your favorite? Why?
- Why do we have the tendency to constantly compare our lives with others?
- Have you ever looked at someone else’s life and thought, “Why is my life so much harder than theirs?” What was going on when you thought this?
- What are some practical ways to help us when find ourselves comparing our lives to others?
- We’ve asked this question a lot over the last few weeks, so let’s hear some honest answers. What are you looking at? (What’s getting your time, energy, money etc. right now?)