Monday, February 17th, 2014
Rejection (Part 4)
When People Are Jealous
But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to himů And his brothers said to him, 'Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us?' So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.
Genesis 37:4,8 (NKJV)
You shall not covetů
Exodus 20:17 (NKJV)
For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.
James 3:16 (NKJV)
For he knew that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.
Mark 15:10 (NKJV)
Actors, models and talent for Christ, some people envy you. You already know it, but take heart: you're in good company--including Joseph and Jesus.
In the case of Joseph, his older brothers envied his relationship with their father, Jacob. They devised a dastardly plot, and Joseph became a slave who landed up in an Egyptian prison. In the case of Jesus, the chief priests devised a more dastardly plot, and Jesus became a Convict who landed up on a Roman Cross.
Note the word 'up.' In both cases, they ended higher than any man of God had ever gone before. As the Governor of Egypt, Joseph said to his brothers, 'You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive' (Genesis 50:20).
As the King of kings, Jesus said to the Pharisee, Nicodemus: 'As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up... For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life' (John 3:14,16).
'And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose' (Romans 8:28). Even envy.
So when people are jealous of you, get over it, get over yourself--and remember Jesus. Remember how things are destined to end, and move on. If you don't stop to focus on green-eyed monsters, you'll come out on top.
As for those infected by a covetous claw? Pray for them. Their best possible outcome is to become your friends and followers. They cannot harm you, unless you react in fear, anger or disappointment, which you won't.
Because you are actors, models and talent for Christ. You act in love.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Rejection series.