For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
2 Corinthians 10:12
2 Corinthians 3:1-6
You’ve seen the bumper sticker: “He who dies with the most toys wins.” Yes, it’s a cynical statement about our materialistic culture; but there’s another layer of insight there concerning competition. Down to one’s dying day, life is all about comparisons and competitions.
The apostle Paul wrote that it is not wise to engage in such activity. The subject came up in Corinth when false teachers and apostles boasted about their accomplishments (2 Corinthians 10). But Paul refused to be drawn into such fruitless debates. When people who are all on the same plane—dead in trespasses and sin, redeemed only by the grace of God—began to boast about their greatness, Paul chose to focus on two things: carrying out his apostolic mission and focusing on the greatness of Christ. Paul loved to boast—but only about Christ and never about himself (2 Corinthians 10:17-18).
If you are ever tempted to feel large or small based on comparisons with others, shift your focus to Christ and boast in Him.
Reverence and boasting cannot be found on the same platform.
A. W. Tozer