Jealousy Causes Division
I’m not the best. I don’t have it all together. I don’t know the right way of doing things. I won’t always have the most ________ or the best ________. These things are true of all of us, which also means there will always be someone else who is better, has more, or is in a better situation than we are.
This is where jealousy comes in. Jealousy is driven by a discontentment with whom God made us to be. It’s driven by dissatisfaction with how God has decided to orchestrate our lives in comparison with how He has decided to orchestrate other’s lives.
Jealousy says, “I want what you have, because what you have is better.” But the truth about jealousy is, it is usually driven by a desire for our own glory…. not a desire for God’s.
In our passage, today, Joseph’s brothers do harm to him, and to their father, because of the jealousy they have in their hearts. They plot, they deceive, they physically harm, they lie, they seek their own gain, and they oppose God’s anointed servant, all because they were jealous.
Sometimes, as Christians, we forfeit unity, the mission of God, and God’s glory all because we are jealous or envious of another. Instead we need to realize that God has set before all of us a race that we are to run faithfully. All of our races will look different, and that’s ok. Yet we are all called to finish faithfully. We are to look to God for value, recognition, and significance. And we should rejoice when others are faithful to the race that God has set before them.
Here are some questions to ponder today:
- Is there someone in your life whom you’ve had a hard time cheering on?
- Why is that?
- What practical steps can you take to care more about God’s glory and the good of others, rather than your own advantage?
By: Sam Cirrincione