In the world we live today wealth is celebrated above all else. Our televisions, magazines, and Internet are all inundated with images and stories of the rich and famous. We see their seemingly perfect lives and can’t help thinking that they have it all. Whether it’s the latest reality star, a favorite sports figure, or even the family down the street, our human nature makes us prone to envy what others have. We can easily buy into Satan’s lie that God is holding out on us. We believe that if we only had what they had, our lives would be easier and happier. This is the same lie Satan told Eve in the garden of Eden.
Eve should have delighted in thankfulness with all that God had given her. Instead, Eve focused on what she thought God was withholding from her. And just like Eve, when we focus of things we don’t have, it’s as if we are telling God that all He has given us isn’t good enough.
No matter how much it may appear that someone’s life is full of prosperity, it means nothing if they have not received the free gift of pardon that comes with accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Material things may fill their lives but can never fill their hearts. Nor can it provide the comfort of resting in the eternal promises of Jesus. The Bible tells us that they had better enjoy their prosperity now because for them that will be their only reward. For as Luke 6:24 says, “But woe to you who are rich, for you are receiving your comfort in full.”
To ward off the sin of envy, we must keep our eyes on the Lord and our feet on the path of righteousness. We must put our unshakeable hope in Jesus, who in return Jesus has promised a glorious future of eternity spent by His side.
Jesus tells His Disciples in John 14:2-3, “In my Father’s house there are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” I can think of nothing more exciting then living in the mansion Jesus prepared just for me, and worshipping Him forever.
So the next time I see my favorite actress with the perfect hair or designer outfit and I feel that all too familiar twinge of envy, I’m going to stop in that moment. Stop and say thank you to my Father in Heaven for all He blesses me each day when I know I am worthy of nothing. I will ask for the strength to submit to His will, to commit everything I have and am into His care, and to worship Him with godly fear.