The Comparison Games

“Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.” And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. Then I said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.””‭‭ isaiah‬ ‭six:two-five

Perhaps you’ve experienced this for yourself. You find yourself breaking through as an athlete. You’re conquering weaknesses. You’re seeing your name climb the whiteboard and you’re taking the place at the top more often than not. You’re convinced that you are ready to take all you’ve accomplished into the competitive field and broaden your conquest. You confidently show up on comp day, only to find you’re not as big a fish you thought you were. The pond of your box that you swam in proves to be smaller than you thought. The competition doesn’t end in you standing on the overturned boxes that serve as podiums. That day wasn’t a win on your track record but you took away a valuable lesson. There’s always someone better. 
Our walk with Christ can lead to a similar experience. You can do it all right. You trust God in every way. Your devotional life is soaring to new heights. You feel the presence of God at every turn. But face it. There will always be someone better. You can’t top the way Jesus lived. No matter how we try, our righteousness can never surpass that of Christ’s. 

This isn’t supposed to serve as a downer. This is what we call a healthy perspective. We as believers must understand our position and God’s as we relate to Him. There is a worship song that came out some years ago. There is a line that says, “You are God in heaven. And here am I, on earth. So I’ll let my words be few.” This is directly pulled from Ecclesiastes 5:2. When are able to boldly approach the throne of grace, but we must do so in humility. God is still God, though we are able to participate in a wonderful, direct relationship with Him. He is still to be revered and feared. His glory is to be honored. His name is to be praised. His presence is to be desired. His love is to be cherished. He is the Creator whose face covers the entire universe. And we get to know Him personally. 

Let’s consider a man who by all standards was a worthy man. He was a man chosen to carry the very utterances of God to God’s chosen people. Isaiah was brought into God’s presence to experience His glory. Isaiah was a righteous am indeed. But as he stood before God, he became undone. He fell apart at the seams. He could not stand before God because, though he was a righteous man, his righteousness far paled in comparison to God. Isaiah, a man God trusted to carry His message to His people, confessed he was a man of unclean lips. 

Isaiah understood his position when he came before God. Are we, as redeemed children of God, able to understand our position in our relationship with God? We don’t need to wallow in guilt for our sin, but we should fall to our knees in awe of God when we are before him. Remember, our righteousness is but filthy rags. It requires gift of grace that comes from God to be made clean. 

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