There is a lot of comparison going around these days, and it’s not hard to get sucked in. You probably have siblings, and if not, then coworkers, peers, friends, neighbors, members of the same gender. You get the point. Comparison asks the questions, “Who am I in Christ?” and “Am I enough?” But that’s not the question we should be asking.
Think of the last time you compared yourself to someone. That memory is probably more recent than you’d think, and it’s likely so baked-in you didn’t even notice it was comparison until you thought of it again just now. It’s incredibly easy to compare ourselves to others, and if we aren’t doing it, then someone else will likely step up and do it for us.
“You act just like your father.”
“Your sister (not you) is really gifted.”
“I think he (that person who isn’t you) is the most talented one on the team.”
It’s understandable why we compare ourselves to others, and I’d argue comparison isn’t always bad. For example: yoga. I’d have no earthly idea how to contort my body into such unnatural shapes without first comparing my body position to that of the instructor. Simply put, we use it as a tool for gathering information.
Comparison becomes a problem when it leads you to wonder, “Am I enough?” Before you answer that question, let me stop you. Because that is a terrible question. It’s the wrong question. If I were to sit down and look at myself, I would find that I am not enough. I am not even close. I fall short. The answer to “Am I enough?” is no every time.
Here’s what you should ask instead: “Is Christ enough?”
Is Christ enough to forgive my failures? Is Christ enough to make up for my weaknesses? Is Christ enough to get me through this financial hardship?
Let’s look at 2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT.
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
When comparison finds you lacking, let Christ whisper those words to you. “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” Then we will find that we lack nothing. The answer to who am I in Christ is simple: Christ is enough. Always.