So John’s disciples came to him and said, “Rabbi, the man you met on the other side of the Jordan River, the one you identified as the Messiah, is also baptizing people. And everybody is going to him instead of coming to us.” (John 3:26)
Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 16:1 – 18:32
Relate: Back in the day, there was this show called “What Would You Do”. It would play out different scenarios with a hidden camera to see how average people react. In one of these scenarios, there is an actor who cuts in line at the grocery store. When he gets to the register he is supposedly the 5 millionth customer and wins a check for five hundred dollars. One guy who was cut, throws his stuff down and storms out. Another mean old lady starts yelling and complaining and even goes over to customer service. There is one lady who does her best to try and seem happy but even she keeps on saying as she “smiles” and applauds, “That would have been me… that would have been me.”
“That should have been me.” This is a refrain as old as time. When Jesus is becoming more and more popular, John’s disciples start singing that song. We were here first. How dare this new guy show up and start stealing all our glory. Hey John, you need to do something about this. Jealousy rears its head all the way back to the first sibling rivalry in human history. God accept’s Abel’s offering but not Cain’s. I can almost hear the older brother’s mind… “That should have been me… that should have been me.” Even further back. What is Satan saying to Eve in the garden? “Why should God keep all the wisdom to Himself? How fair is that? Eat this and you will be just like Him.” Jealousy is as old as sin… literally.
React: How do we react when someone else is blessed by God? If good things happen to someone else instead of us, how do we respond? What if our coworker gets that promotion we were gunning for? What if their bonus check is twice the size of theirs? How would I feel if publisher’s clearing house came knocking on my door only to realize they were a house off and really it was my neighbor winning ten million dollars? What if some guy passes me on the highway and thirty seconds later a cop is pulling me over for speeding? What if God were to miraculously heal the person in the hospital bed next to mine? How would we respond?
God, help me to be content in You. Help me to find joy in You. Give me Your heart in my interactions with others. Help me to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who mourn. Let me see others as You see them and help me to pray and work for other’s blessing even when I feel I am missing out on being blessed myself. Let me not forget that I don’t get what I do deserve and that is a very, very good thing. You have saved me. You have forgiven me. You have freed me. And if that is all You ever do for me it is far more than enough and I am rich beyond compare.