Many things in life are now evaluated via league tables – hospital waiting times, school exam results, customer satisfaction levels, Strictly Come Dancing – probably even my sermons! I was thinking along these lines a few days ago when comparing a particular feature of CCBC with that of another, much larger church. I was beginning to feel disappointed, even envious until I realised that, whilst it may be good to learn from others, God calls us to be ‘the very best CCBC’ rather than seeking to model ourselves on some other church.
At a personal level God calls each of us to be the unique man or woman of God that He created us to be. Ultimately, any comparisons we draw should be only with our Lord Jesus Christ. God’s purpose in each of our lives is to transform us into His likeness (Romans 8v29; 2 Corinthian 3v18) – not some other Christian brother or sister – and our great hope is that when Jesus returns “we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3v2).
Maybe like Peter, eyeing up John’s future after Jesus’ resurrection, we are tempted to draw comparisons with others. Let us remember Jesus’ direct words, “what is that to you? You must follow Me” (John 21v22b)!
Peace and Grace