Do you find that you compare yourself with others? One might say, “I don’t drink or do as that person does so therefore I’m better or more Spiritual than them.” The Bible says that those that compare themselves among themselves are unwise (2 Corinthians 10:12). Do you try to find fault with other believers and then try to justify your own actions by their actions? Matthew 7:3-7 says, “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”
The Bible tells us that we need to work on our own righteousness by looking toward Christ. Ephesians 2:13 says, “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:” The Lord will reward us according to our righteousness. 2 Samuel 22:21 says, “The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.”
Do you glory in yourself by looking at your works? For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself (Galatians 6:3). Ephesians 2:8,9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. This tells me that God’s grace justifies me not my own righteousness.
The Bible tells us about a Pharisee that was boastful by telling God every great work that he had done. Then he compared himself to the Publican in Luke 18:11. The Publican wouldn’t lift his eyes toward Heaven but said, “God be merciful to me a sinner.” The Bible teaches us that humility goes a long way. “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:4)
2 Corinthians 10:7 -Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? if any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s.
2 Corinthians 10:12- For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.
2 Corinthians 10:15,17,18- Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men’s labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,
But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.
Galatians 6:8-10- For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
1 Corinthians 4:6- And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.
Luke 18:11-13- The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
Deuteronomy 6:25 – And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the Lord our God, as he hath commanded us.
1 Corinthians 3:13 -Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.