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A different kind of fool

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. 2 Corinthians 10:12

Paul says it is not wise – in other words, foolish – to compare yourself to another man. When you make statements comparing yourself to another man in order to say that you are better, you are being a fool. When you say things like “I don’t attack others like some do,” you are making a foolish statement. When you try to prop up yourself by comparing your dress standards to another’s, you are acting foolishly. It is foolish to look down on another church because they do things differently than yours does. I’ve heard it – “well, that church has drums” or “that church puts its songs up on a big screen.” Those are foolish statements. It reminds of this fellow:

And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. Luke 18:9-14

Don’t be a fool. Look unto Jesus. Compare yourself to him. You will quickly see that you are not all that. You will quickly see that all of us are in the same state and that only in Christ are we made acceptable. It is nothing we do, but what he has done.

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