Christ Our Only Pattern
Comparisons can be dangerous. As measurements of our spiritual conditions, they are most likely to lead to wrong conclusions, because we are most apt to compare ourselves to the wrong standard.
Let us never measure our religion by that of others, and think we are doing enough if we have gone beyond our neighbours. This is another snare of the devil. Let us mind our own business. ‘What is that to thee?’ said our Master on a certain occasion: ‘Follow thou Me’ (John 21:22). Let us follow on, aiming at nothing short of perfection. Let us follow on, making Christ’s life and character our only pattern and example. Let us follow on, remembering daily that at our best we are miserable sinners. Let us follow on, and never forget that it signifies nothing whether we are better than others or not. At our very best we are far worse than we ought to be. There will always be room for improvement in us. We shall be debtors to Christ’s mercy and grace to the very last. Then let us leave off looking at others and comparing ourselves with others. We shall find enough to do if we look at our own hearts.
—J. C. Ryle, Holiness (Banner of Truth, 2014), 132.
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