HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
I write to you my brothers and sisters and all readers of this Mystical blog. I want to be straightforward and shine forth with the perceived scriptures for our encouragement.
Let’s talk about a problem in the church, the problem of jealousy. Yes, unfortunately, it exists today in the church. As far back as I remember with Cain and Abel. This is a story we preach about more than once and I believe that we are aware of the consequences of jealousy. Of course, we are not talking about the type of jealousy that is felt when one’s romantic relationship is threatened. We are talking about the kind that makes us think that another person’s advancement threatens our standing or position in the church. Instead of fighting our common enemy, the devil, we’re fighting among ourselves because of the green-eyed demon of jealousy.
What exactly is jealousy? Webster’s dictionary defines jealousy as an unhappy or angry feeling of wanting to have what someone else has. Synonyms for jealousy are covetousness, enviousness, the green-eyed monster, envy, and resentment. The Bible identifies jealousy as something that should be resisted. 1 Corinthians 3:2-3 (KJV) lets us know that the jealous person is a carnal and immature Christian:
2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal and walk as men?
We all know that the devil is not our only enemy. As Christians, we also have to fight against the human part of us. The natural man is full of pride. It does not want to see anyone move forward or get ahead of us. But our sincere desire as Christians should be to be what God says that we are to be. We should be content with who God has made us. Jealousy among church members is one of the primary reasons that the church cannot grow any faster and move forward as it should. The church will only be able to progress by loving, strengthening, and encouraging each other. If a pack of wild dogs or a pride of lions can work in their designated positions, why can’t we?
There may be one among you as an equal peer that suddenly God pours out His anointing on this young life and there is a difference demonstrated. God began to use this young person in a way that wasn’t expected by anyone. There is the potential that the older men who loved and supported him might suddenly become jealous of that young man, feeling that he had no right to his new status or position. Mature men of God, however, do not succumb to the enemy and allow the green-eyed demon of jealousy to prevail. Even the peers of the young man might feel jealous because he was once just one of them. But, what we must remember is that God is sovereign. He blesses whomever He chooses to bless. He exalts whomever He decides to promote. Remember, David was thought to be the least of his brothers but look at how God exalted him.
It is also important to remember our lesson on resisting jealousy when God exalts one from our midst. Just because an individual may be the first to move into their role, it does not make them any more important than one who finds his position later in life. That’s just life. Let’s all grow into the potential that our sovereign God has set for each of us. It is often said that Jesus was raised from obscurity to be King of Kings and Lord of Lords. In actuality, Jesus was BORN to be KING. It came with the package.
John 18:37 (KJV) Pilate, therefore, said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Everyone that is of the truth heareth my voice
So, when one of our peers moves ahead of us and becomes what we may consider great, brothers and sisters, let’s not get jealous. That individual is maturing into the person that God meant him or her to be from the beginning. It came with their package. Instead, let each of us allow the Holy Spirit to mould us into the perfect image of Jesus Christ, maturing in love and bowing to the perfect Will of God.
Let us pray: Dear Heavenly Father, it is our desire to be exactly who you called each of us to be for your glory and honour. Bless each of us to grow to our full stature, and, in so doing, please you Lord. We reject any spirit of jealousy or pride and claim humility, harmony and peace among our brothers and sisters. In the Mighty Name of Jesus, we pray, Amen.