I absolutely love getting emails from my readers. Since I started this blog, six months ago, I have gotten a bunch of emails from different people, and I try to message each person back with the best advice, help, or answers I can give. Recently, I received an email from a girl that, I thought, posed a great question. She told me how God had blessed her, but it was hard for her to not be jealous of those who had more than her. I do not think that this young lady is the only one who struggles with this. I think many of us in America have enough, but we become discontent, because we do not have as much as our friend, coworker, or neighbor might have. So, what can we do to counteract this jealousy and discontentment? What do we do when enough just doesn’t seem to be enough?
I would like to start by saying that if your hope is in money or “stuff”, then you will be disappointed. The reason enough is never enough is because earthly possessions will never fill the space in your heart that only Christ was meant to fill. If you drink water from a well, you will thirst again. Jesus says, in John 4:14, “Whoever drinks the water I give them, will never thirst.” Jesus is the only thing that can truly satisfy you. You will never be able to attain enough earthly possessions to satisfy your soul. So, why would you fret over the earthly things that you don’t have, even though they will not satisfy your soul, when you can have a relationship with the One who can fill you more than you could ever imagine? In the end, it’s not gonna matter who has the most stuff; the only thing that is going to matter is if you have put your faith and trust in Jesus.
However, I do still understand how it feels to want more. Steven Furtick says that “the death of contentment is comparison”. When we get jealous of what we don’t have, we miss the blessing of all that we do have. We will never be content if we compare what we have with what others have. If you’re always looking at what you don’t have, then you will never be able to enjoy the things that you do have. I have said it in other posts, but I will say it again, God does not owe you anything. We deserve to go to Hell, because we have sinned against God. However, God is so gracious that He gives us the opportunity to put our faith in Him and spend eternity in Heaven with Him.
So, how do we overcome the desire for more and more earthly things? I believe we look at the blessings that have been entrusted to us, instead of the things we do not have. It is as easy as that. If you are a Christian, you have the most precious treasure of all: a relationship with the holy, gracious, perfect God. You have something no one can take away from you. It will never fade away, never lose its value. And God does not just offer satisfaction now, He promises it forever. As followers of Christ, we have the joy of being able to spend eternity with Christ after we die. We have a prize at the end of this life that is far more valuable than anything money could buy on this earth. So, friends, let us press on “forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” (Philippians 3:13-14)
To the girl who emailed me, I hope that this helped you as you continue on your journey. I pray that this also helped anyone else who read this that might have been struggling with jealousy or discontentment.
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