It consumed Cain and he murdered his brother, Abel.
Jealousy still causes people to hate others.
In the book of Numbers, there is a story of a time when two men, Eldad and Medad, were prophesying in the camp. Joshua, who was Moses right-hand man, ran to Moses and asked him to make the men stop. But Moses said, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put His spirit upon them all”(Numbers 11:26-29).
If Moses was a jealous guy, he could have told Joshua to stop those men but he didn’t. Instead, he told Joshua that he wished all of God’s children could prophesy.
Now, question for us… how would we have responded? Would we have been insecure and told the men to stop? Would we have been jealous? Lots of people would. But we shouldn’t be.
Jealousy grows out of a feeling of insecurity or lack of contentment. When we are jealous of someone, it means we aren’t happy or content with what we have. We want what someone else has or, we want all the attention and we jealous of others.
God loves each one of us. God made each one of us. Each one of us have gifts that someone else doesn’t have. The key is learning to appreciate them. My wife is far more detailed than I am. I am far more out-going than she is. Any time we have to talk with someone or anytime an important phone call needs to be made, she wants me to do it. And, anytime we are dealing with something detailed I ask her to do it or, to double-check it. We balance one another out. I’m not jealous of her and she’s not jealous of me. We are a team. We work together.
In your place of work, maybe there is someone that is better at something than you are. Ok, that’s fine. Let them use their talents. But there is something you can do better than others. Use your talents. You don’t have to be jealous of one another… work as a team.
In a church, a Pastor can’t and shouldn’t do everything. That’s why lay-people should serve and use their gifts.
Years ago, when I was Pastor of FBC Vancleave, MS, there was a Sunday when I was going around turning off lights after worship. One of the Deacons saw me and said, “You don’t need to be doing that… that’s Deacon work.” We all have a responsibility. Don’t be jealous or envious of others. God made each one of us and gifted us. Celebrate your uniqueness and use it for God’s glory.