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STANDARD OF COMPARISON

Michael Green, in his book Illustrations for Biblical Preaching, shares a good lesson which I think is appropriate for beginning our message this evening. He states:

All of us frequently compare ourselves favorably with someone else. We all think of someone whom we consider to be less mature, less competent, or less able than we are. That person is a great comfort to us because he or she enables us to keep our self-image intact by saying, "Well, at least I’m not like so-and-so." The only problem with determining our self-worth by comparing ourselves with others is that we are using the wrong measuring stick.

A little boy came up to his mother one day and said to her, "Mother, guess what! I’m eight feet, four inches tall!" His mother, greatly surprised, inquired into the matter and found he was using a six-inch ruler to measure a "foot." The boy was actually only a few inches over four feet. This is [similar to] what we do. We measure ourselves by one another, an imperfect prototype, rather than by the standard of the Word of God.

(From a sermon by Damian Phillips, The Plumb Line, 6/4/2012)

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