It seems we live in a very competitive world. Where people are constantly working, trying and striving to do their best, to make sure it is better than someone else and trying to “do it all”. Whatever all of it is. It will look different for different people depending on your stage of life, but at the end of the day, it seems we want to be at the top of everything and have it all. We want the money, the satisfaction, the success, the time, the energy, and will do whatever it takes to feel satisfied and like we have achieved something.
But according to who? Who came up with the idea that we have to work ourselves into the ground, climbing over the top of people in order to be the best? And how will we know when we are the best? What is the measure against which we compare ourselves and how will we know where we are on the scale?
I think this constant drive to be successful causes us to, at times, feel defeated, to struggle and to doubt what we are doing. When we come to know Jesus we realize the simplicity of the life He wants us to live. In 2 Corinthians 11:3 (NASB) says that “But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ” or in NIV translation “your sincere devotion”.
The root word of sincere is Haplotes (G572) – singleness, simplicity, sincerity, mental honesty. In 2 Tim 1:7 it says God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love and sound mind. The simplicity of Christ and a sober mind is what keeps us living a life that is not competitive or comparing ourselves to things that the devil designed as a distraction.
Because really this simple life is only asking for one thing:
To know Christ.
When we know who Jesus is and we have a relationship through Him with our Creator God, then this is where we finally have a singleness of mind to know who God is and who He says we are. When we fully understand that and live it out, then nothing else matters. We use God as the standard against which we measure everything and so long as we are living an obedient life to God and being faithful with what we have, then there is no need to compare, compete or strive against the world.
So my question for you today is this:
Are you single-minded and focused solely on what God is speaking to you? Or are you distracted, influenced and comparing yourself to what everyone else is doing?