Can you think of the last time you wished you were someone else? Maybe you wished you were someone famous. Or perhaps you wished that you had a different family, or the clothes, life or possessions of another. It’s so easy to find ourselves envying others.
Here’s the thing with envy. If we leave it unchecked it can lead to bad things. For example, envy left unchecked can lead you to sin in many different ways. You might sin by stealing something so that you feel like you’re not missing out on what they have. Whatever way it plays out, envy is not a good thing in our lives. Here’s what James has to say about envy.
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. – James 3:16 (NIV)
James shows us that envy leads to bad things. So today, if you’ve allowed yourself to become envious of what others have, pause and think. Determine to make a change in your life. Set your heart on Jesus. Know that He will provide you with what you need, and trust in Him. As you do, you’ll begin to win the battle against envy in your heart.
Don’t let envy steal joy from you and lead you down a path you don’t want to go. Instead, fill your heart with the joy that Jesus brings. Let Him be everything you need today!