“till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;” Ephesians 4:13…….

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2

“Don’t compare yourself to him,” the Spirit of Christ who lives inside His followers instructed me.

I should have known. I learned that lesson long ago – but sometimes forget and need the reminder.

I had begun thinking of someone in ministry I greatly respect and started wondering why I wasn’t like that person in a particular way. Shouldn’t I be?

That’s when the Lord reminded me. We shouldn’t compare ourselves to others. Our role model is to be the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Bible is to be our road map for living.

We will all stand before the Lord one day and have to give an account of our lives. Can you imagine the Lord saying this?

“Daughter, why weren’t you more like so-and-so?”

I don’t believe this would happen. I believe the Lord wants us to lead the lives He has called each and every one of us to lead. And that He wants us to be the men and women He has created each of us to be. And that His Spirit is to lead each and every one of us in line with the Bible.

We are not to grow to look, be, sound, and act like others. We are to grow in the image of God.

Know where I do my most growing? In the presence of the Lord. Alone with Him. Spending time with Him. Praying, seeking Him, hearing Him, obeying Him, being refined by Him, reading His Word, learning, growing, growing, then going out into the world and being tested, practicing what He is teaching me, becoming the woman of God He created me to be. Oh, how vital it is that we spend time alone in His presence.

May we grow in the image of Christ, not in the image of others, oh yes! And may we live according to His will for us, not according to His will for others! Yes!

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