These days everyone seems to be online comparing themselves to everybody else—even in spiritual things. Comparing yourself to others can be a trap. You may notice that someone else seems to be doing much more than you in their Christian faith. This could cause you to lose heart and pull back from focusing on your own goals. 

Comparing yourself to others can be a trap.

But they aren’t you. They didn’t have the past you had. They didn’t face the hurdles you’ve faced. God isn’t going to measure whether or not you lived out someone else’s purpose on earth. He didn’t prepare you to live out someone else’s purpose. God is going to look at you to see whether or not you have completed what He has given to you to complete. Have you matured spiritually so that you reflect the kingdom values of Christ?

We all know that it is possible for someone’s chronological age to not necessarily equal his or her maturity. Many of us know grown adults who are still infantile in the way they function in their emotional or spiritual lives. They have obviously not matured with their age. 

Our goal should be to stand before the Lord as spiritual adults, not as spiritual toddlers.

Our goal should be to stand before the Lord as spiritual adults, not as spiritual toddlers. Just as a baby does not stay the same weight she was at birth, so you and I are not to stay on the same spiritual level that we were when we got saved. Maturity is the process of going deeper spiritually and thus becoming more like Christ in our character, conduct, attitudes and actions. So, don’t look online for a comparison; look in the mirror.

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Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans’ church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.

Dr. Evans serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 850 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries.

Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books includes, Kingdom Man, A Moment For Your Soul, Marriage Matters, and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.

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