How can leaders refuse the temptation to compare? - Comparisons - TouchPoints

How can leaders refuse the temptation to compare?

1 Corinthians 3:4-9When one of you says, “I am a follower of Paul,” and another says, “I prefer Apollos,” aren’t you acting like those who are not Christians? Who is Apollos, and who is Paul, that we should be the cause of such quarrels? Why, we’re only servants. Through us God caused you to believe. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. My job was to plant the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God, not we, who made it grow . . . We work together as partners who belong to God. You are God’s field, God’s building—not ours.

Leaders are freed from the need to compare by accepting and celebrating their particular calling from God. They realize that no one can do it all, and that God has given them a privilege of being part of his work, while others have their own parts to play.

Romans 14:10, 12So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. . . . Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. So why do you condemn another Christian? Why do you look down on another Christian? Remember, each of us will stand personally before the judgment seat of God . . . Yes, each of us will have to give a personal account to God.

God looks at each person individually. The leader of each church or organization will give his or her own account to God. Leaders should focus on their own organizations, do their best to be godly leaders, and refuse to compare themselves with others. Comparison can be good for leaders if it means they learn from one another and become better and more efficient at what they do, but they must not compare in ways that lead to negativity.

2 Corinthians 13:5Examine yourselves to see if your faith is really genuine. Test yourselves. If you cannot tell that Jesus Christ is among you, it means you have failed the test.

Leaders can resist the urge to compare when they truly focus on their own faith, their own path, and their own obedience to Jesus Christ to be sure they are acting and living genuinely.

Galatians 6:4-5Be sure to do what you should, for then you will enjoy the personal satisfaction of having done your work well, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct.

Leaders can resist the urge to compare by focusing on their work and doing it well. When they do that, they need not compare themselves to anyone else.

Romans 12:15When others are happy, be happy with them. If they are sad, share their sorrow.

Leaders can resist comparing themselves with other leaders or their organizations with others when they are willing to rejoice with those who succeed and help carry the burdens of those who suffer.