True to Self

“If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load. Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor. Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” [Galatians 6:3-7 NIV]

Photo by Steve Ford

Photo by Steve Ford

I love this piece of Scripture. How many of us compare ourselves to others all the time? Either in the positive — thinking we are doing much better than them, or in the negative — thinking we are nowhere near good enough. Both of these, when stripped back to their roots are based in pride. The sinful kind of pride, a kind of self-deception.

But according to this passage, we should not compare ourselves to others, but only to ourselves. We need to be able to look at ourselves with honest scrutiny, admit our faults, acknowledge our strengths. Then we can work on improving our weaknesses and use our gifts and talents to produce fruit in our lives.

The warning comes at the end of this verse. Because if we cannot be honest with ourselves, though we might fool others into thinking we are something we are not, God sees all. He knows our heart and He cannot be made a fool of. The way we sow into our lives and those around us, is the way we will reap, whether we live a life of pretense or not.

What kind of lie have you told yourself about yourself lately? Perhaps it is time to admit the truth and make a change.

Published in: on 18th March, 2013 at 10:25 am  Comments (4)  
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