Why other people’s standards are distracting

As you know, the “Up!” devo was on a break for a week while I was on vacation. But now I’m back and ready to walk faithfully into a new year.

I hope you are too.

And one of the things that helps us do that is to evaluate what we’re spending our time thinking about.

For example, if you’re spending a lot of your time and energy thinking about how you measure up to the people around you, not only are you sowing seeds for your own discontentment, but you’re undercutting your own capacity to be faithful to God.

Why? Because you’re more concerned with how you measure up to other people’s standards than you are with focusing on God.

In 1 Corinthians 3:21 and 23 Paul says that if you’re a follower of Jesus, “all things are yours… and “you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.” One of the implications of this statement is that when you’re guaranteed important eternal things you should worry less about unimportant temporary things.

It makes so much sense. If you are guaranteed…

-salvation
-eternity
-a relationship with God
-the knowledge that God has a plan for your life
-and meaningful opportunities to serve God and others

…there is no reason to scurry around worrying about trivial things that are ultimately unimportant and which don’t last.

Compared to the gift of eternity, how big your house is, how many gadgets you have, and how popular you are, start to look pretty insignificant.

I get why people try to keep up with the Joneses. But it’s a waste of time.

When you’re guaranteed important eternal things you worry less about unimportant temporary things.

By Matthew Ruttan

  • Today’s Up! is based on my Sunday podcast called “Worrying less about unimportant temporary things.” You can listen in here. Enjoy!

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