“Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.” – Galatians 6:4 (NLT)
God has given us gifts and talents that are unique. As we grow and develop these under His guidance and the direction of the Holy Spirit, we will have assignments given to us to complete. The worth attached to those assignments, job descriptions and roles is purely human and today’s scripture tells us to avoid this.
If we each stay in our own lane with our eyes forward and focused on Jesus, then we will be able to run our own race without interfering with anyone else’s race. This is much easier said than done. We have a tendency to idolize others for their gifts and downplay our own. In doing so, we take our eyes off of the Lord and focus them on another and on ourselves. The minute that happens…we stumble.
Not everyone is called to be at the front and in the limelight. I, personally, do not like it when God puts me there because I am an introvert and being the centre of attention with all eyes on me is very intimidating and draining. That being said, I have a choice when He does open a door and asks me to walk through it.
Do I obey or do I run away?
Running away didn’t work out that well for Jonah, if you remember the story.
I obey, often times reluctantly and with a lot of prayers starting with, “But Papa!”
Now, I can hear those of you saying that it’s a privilege to teach other women and be used of God that way. Some of you long for Him to use you like He uses me or some famous public figure and there…right there, is where comparison comes in.
God’s thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways. (Isaiah 55:8)
We must learn to be comfortable and confident in who we are and the gifts we’ve been given. We are all members of one body and must learn how to use our gifts in such a way that we work together in harmony and not rivalry.
Whose lane are you in today?