Some time ago I preached on the sin of comparison, at least as comparison leads to sinful attitudes and behaviour with regards to our relationship with our Lord and others around us. The kind of comparison we looked at mostly involves the comparisons that occur among believers and the specific trying circumstances that the Lord has ‘tailor-made’ for their lives, whether financial, health, interpersonal, or whatever it may be. These are indeed times that we are tempted to be like Peter in John 21 who dared to ask the Lord about John, “what about this man Lord?”. But these are not the only times we can be tempted to do so.
The world around us is filled with people who, from the outside looking in, seem to be smooth sailors in whatever they do. We often see this when we scan the pages of social platforms, observing a world of success, achievement, satisfaction, and happiness. We see happy faces glaring at us. These appear to be people who, as far as the photo reveals, are doing well, and seem to have it ‘together’ in life. They will share every ‘next big thing’ for others to see and approve of by giving the much coveted “like” on their page. Hours upon hours are invested on these platforms as the internet gets pumped with more and more information. This is the world where unreality is often mistaken for reality. Mildly stated, it’s simply not the world that your great-grandmother had to deal with.
Sure, the tabloids were around for a long time, but now-a-days a world of useless information about people’s lives is only a click away. We see their successes and achievements and it tempts us to want to be like them, and even model them in some way or another. We give in to the allure of the photoshopped images that roll off the screen unhindered and never ending, and we start to think “they have the life.”
That’s what we think…
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