How to Overcome (Envy Part 2 of 5)

First, acknowledge where your blessings come from.

John told his disciples, “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven” (John 3:27).

He knew that the crowds that flocked to him were not his in the first place. Rather, God had entrusted these people to him. If He wanted to transfer these people into the care of His Son, that was fine with John. In fact, the Baptist did not harbor any illusion that he was entitled to anything at all. He held what he had been given with an open hand.


I need to remember that everything comes from God. True, we work hard and smart. But our intelligence, skills, education, health, employment, success, even the ability to work comes from Him.


The mega-rich like Bill Gates or Donald Trump may think that they got their big bucks from their savvy. But even their ability to produce wealth is from God (Deuteronomy 8:17-18).


This leads to a corollary: It is God’s prerogative on how much wealth, fame or privilege will go to each person.


When I realized this, I have chosen to stop comparing myself with others. Remember that person half my age but earns double my salary? If God chooses to bless him that way, I really have no ground to gripe.


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