Jealously is defined as a desire to have a quality, possession, or other desirable thing belonging to (someone else) or a resentful longing. Let me firstly say that this post is in no way intended to any one group, person or organisation.
For too long I’ve witnessed Christians fighting amongst each other, taking offence and living with un-forgiveness in their heart. Ok, so we are all human. I understand! But sometimes it was so bad that I had to wonder if the body of Christ was on the same mission, which is to take the uncompromised word of God to the ends of the earth.
For a while The Lord has been pressing this word ‘Purpose’ on my heart and my recent posts and in fact this blog is meant to encourage Christians to walk in purpose.
The bottom line is, we are all called to ministry! That ministry is to serve. Titles really are nothing if you don’t have the heart of a servant like Jesus did. So many times we get caught up wanting to acquire titles that we forget our purpose.
Many, Many, Many times I heard my Pastor say “ You are an Original, you are not a copy-cat”. And that is true; God’s plan for your life is unlike any other. It is unique and specific to you. I get that we sometimes look up to ministers and are inspired by their life, love for the Lord and ministerial giftings. But rest assured that God has a plan for you too, and it’s a big plan. Desiring to be like someone else, even in the most innocent way is not what God has for you.
Scripture says in Psalm 84:11 “For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”
Can you imagine that? No good thing will He withhold from us! How awesome!
Jealousy has a purpose; which is to kill your God given purpose. Focus on your call, passion and God given purpose. The scripture says in Proverbs 14:30 “ A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
Jealously will destroy you! It will stifle and kill your purpose if you allow it to take root in your lives. You see if you are so focused on what God is doing in the lives of other Christians then what time will to have to work on your own purpose. There is a thin line between being inspired by someone and operating out of a spirit of jealousy.
Its ok we all fall short and thank God we have Jesus to help us pick up the pieces. I believe one of the root causes of jealousy is a lack of self-confidence, or feeling inferior.
But I want to encourage you and let you know that YOU HAVE A GREAT AND MIGHTY WORK TO DO IN THE EARTH AND KINGDOM OF GOD. Don’t settle for what the world has already seen. God is saying, your call and purpose, no eye has seen, nor ear has heard neither has it entered into the heart of man what God has in store for you. Don’t allow jealously to take root in your lives and even if you have battled with this for a while, run to the Lord. He wants to help you and deliver you!
Drop the jealousy, quit settling and be who God called YOU to be. And that’s being the BEST YOU there can be!