What I’ve Learned About Jealousy

They shall have no inheritance among their fellow Israelites; the Lord is their inheritance, as he promised them…. (Dt 18:2). 

It would have been so easy for the Levites to become jealous of others in Israel or for those who weren’t Levites to become jealous of those who were.  You see, God gave them very, very different roles to play and they have very different inheritances from Him.  The Levites weren’t given any land to control, because their primary role was to take care of the temple of God and to minister before Him.

But, what if they wanted to play the other persons role?  It would have been so easy to become jealous.  We struggle with the very same issues though, don’t we?  I know I have.  I wrestled in my younger years of following Christ because I was so jealous of the gifts and placement of others.  I thought, maybe God must love this person more or since they’ve been given a greater role (in my eyes) I must not be as significant to God or to others.

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But you see, that’s the problem.  We focus far too much on how what we do makes us look before other people.  Often times, what I’ve learned is that our desire for greater gifts is not so that we can put God on display, but instead, so we can display ourselves before others.

I’m learning more and more what it truly means to be servant of all.  I’m gaining, with deep humbling a greater picture of what it means to live fully alive in the place God has put me and with contentment. You see, it’s when we’re faithful in that role that God blesses us with more territory for Him.  He will never expand our reach for Him until we learn to be faithful in the small things.

You see, God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.  As we learn to live as servants who minister before Him we start to understand that any role we’ve been given to play is a true gift from God, so instead of being disappointed with God, we learn to have a heart of true thankfulness.  As we do, God lights us up and uses us to point others to Him.  So, instead of becoming jealous and self-absorbed.  We become thankful and useful for Him.

Father, I want to be a true servant.  Help me, as I seek to do this with love and humility in my heart.  Forgive me when I don’t always live this out in a way that brings your glory.  I want to be faithful and humble in all things.  Help me to do this now, in Jesus name, Amen.  

 

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