"But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith"
My son Ryan called me a week ago. He had just taken a new job, and he was complaining to me that many of his coworkers were just marking time each day and not trying to make the company better. He felt that it was not fair that he would do more work in a day than two or three of the other members on his team. I told Ryan that he could not allow what he saw as a social norm within the department to influence how he worked. I explained that doing the right thing was not dependent upon what others were doing and, as a side note, that the world is not a fair place.
God's Word also serves a manual for living life. The world would have us look at it to determine how we should act. Because the world is a fallen place with sinful people, we make a grave error if we use it as a frame of reference for how we conduct our lives. Instead, we should use God's principles as explained in His Word. They are rooted in His character, exhibited in the life of Christ, and made available for our appropriation through the power of His Holy Spirit. The Lord gives us a plan, shows us an example, and empowers us to live for him.