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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Jealousy and others in the Kingdom of God

Have you ever been kind of jealous of the way God blesses other people? I have. And I would guess you have too.

Jealousy is a horrible sin.

It causes discontentment in our lives. It causes us to be unsettled and unhappy with life and many times in our walk and service with God.

We point at others and say, "why can't you bless me like that?"

That happens in the ministry as well.

"Why can't our church be a mega-church like (and you fill in the blank)"
"Why can't our life group be as wonderful as (and you fill in the blank)"
"Why can't I sing like so-and-so?"

While we were on vacation a couple of weeks ago, we watched the movie, "Amazing Grace."

It's the story of Wilbur Wilburforce, who was converted and changed during the same era that John Newton lived and wrote, "Amazing Grace," that wonderful hymn of the church.

John Newton one time said that, "if two angels in heaven were given assignments by God at the same instant, one of them to go and rule over the greatest nation on earth and the other to go sweep the streets of the dirties village, each angel would be completely indifferent as to which one got which assignment."

It simply wouldn't matter to them.

Why? Because the real joy lies in being obedient to God.

Here's what I want to leave with you today:

For a Christ follower, the important thing isn't what God has you doing; the important thing is that you're doing what God wants you to do.

What are you doing today for God?

Let's stop looking at the role that God has given us and instead ponder as to our faithfulness to that role.....and when we do....God will continue to bless.

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