I must admit that the devil has been beating me up pretty good this week. God is giving clarity to the direction of His church, but the devil has been whispering lies. For clarification purposes, I am not hearing voices. This is not audible. All of these thoughts are being hurled toward me. God may be allowing me to be transparent with you because you are struggling with this comparison thing too. Let me expound on comparison.
- Comparison tells you that you are not good enough. But what is the standard? Other people. Should they be? No! The devil wants me to compare myself to other pastors. The truth is that someone will always preach better, lead better, innovate better, minister better, but I am not called to be a Charles Stanley, T. D. Jakes, or anyone else. I’m Matthew Winters, and I am called to be the best one I can be under the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
- Comparison will have you feeling like a failure. In the church world, it’s all about having the best youth program, children’s program, worship team, facilities, and number of butts in the seats. If you lack these things, the devil wants you to feel like a failure.
- Comparison misdirects focus. Instead of focusing on Christlikeness, church size, charisma, and prestige become the focus among many other things. I can have all the best programs in the world, but they aren’t worth squat if they are not producing disciples.