It's easy to look around us and compare what we have with what others have, isn't it? He has more money, she has more friends, more people like him, she is much prettier, the list of things that we can be discontent and upset about just goes on. I often find myself comparing who I am and what I have been given to who others are and what they have.You have put rmore joy in my heart
The problem is that my comparisons don't change anything but my attitude, and that not for the better. It doesn't change what I have...all it does is make me question God's goodness and grace. And then I read this verse from Psalm 4 earlier this week. I have reread it many times because it is so convicting to my heart.
If I truly know the Lord and what He has done for me, none of that matters. Sure, it might be nice to have a car with AC - but my debt before the Lord has been paid! Who cares if I have cool air? Maybe I don't feel as popular as some of my friends. But God has looked on me with favor because of Jesus Christ! I ought to have more joy in my heart than those who have everything that one could desire on this earth.
Tullian Tchividjian explains the impact that the gospel as like this: "When we understand that our significance and identity are in Christ, we don’t have to win - we’re free to lose. The gospel frees us from the pressure to generate our own significance and meaning. In Christ, our identity and significance are secure, which frees us up to give everything we have, because in Christ we have everything we need."
What a glorious gospel this is! We have more joy through Jesus Christ than we could ever have in anything else. In Him, we have everything and that is so very precious.