2 Corinthians 10:12
In the world of likes, followers, and comments, it is easy for us to get caught up in the trap of comparison. You may be comparing yourself to your friends. You spend time following their lives. You want to know how many people they have led to Christ, what their prayer life is like, and whether they are living in secret sin or not.
At school, you may find yourself in the web of comparing your performance with others. Competition is good. It helps you to put in the work so that you can get good grades. But as children of God, we need to understand that there is such a thing as bad competition.
If you are cheating, lying, and slandering people so that you can be loved by others and they can be hated, then know that you’re not only sinning against others, but you’re sinning against God. We are supposed to love one another, and our loved ones should be a source of encouragement.
The word of God says that those who compare themselves to others are foolish. If you want to ignite a flame for Christ in your life and in the body of Christ, you should not make the mistake of comparing yourself to others. Yes, other people might be spiritually mature than you. Your friend might be at a higher level in spiritual matters than you.
Or maybe the Christians you hang around live double standard lives, but they seem to be doing okay. They are drawing more lives to Christ even though they’re living in known sin, and you keep wondering why you should be different. Why should you be on fire for God when others are not even trying, and they seem to be so comfortable?
Well, remember that God will judge you alone. Come judgment day, God will not ask you whether the group you belong to obeyed him. You will stand before the throne of God alone and give an account for your own life.
The Bible uses silver, gold, and wood to show our differences and how God uses our uniqueness to accomplish his purposes in life. That means that you don’t have to be like every other person for you to ignite the flame of Christ. You do not have to pray for one hour just because someone else prays for one hour. You do not have to spend three hours in the Bible like your youth leader. You have to relate to God in a way that works for you. Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and let him show you how to connect with God so that you can be able to ignite a flame that will never be put out with the things of this world.
Find out how God speaks to you and which way is he telling you to go? Does he talk to you audibly, through visions and dreams, or any other way? Ask God to show you how he wants you to ignite a flame for his Son Jesus and then follow the steps he tells you.