Monday, April 22, 2013

When it's right to be discontented

Romans 11:14
Exodus 20:1-6
We generally think of envy and jealousy as bad traits, to be avoided at all costs. After all, the Bible tells us to be content with what we've been given (Heb 13:5) rather than always pursuing something more. Yet that contentment assumes that we're already where we should be with the Lord. His jealousy is for a wrong relationship to be made right and the Jews' envy is over a beautiful relationship when theirs is broken and ugly. We should be content with the blessings and missions the Lord has given to us; we should never be content when our relationship with Him needs to be fixed.
In what ways are you content and shouldn't be? If there's someone you can interact with who has a solid relationship with the Lord, let their joy in that relationship increase your discontentment, to motivate you through your envy to improve your devotion to the King. Don't let anyone discourage you from seeking more out of your commitment to Christ, for we can all improve our relationship with Him. The envy may feel uncomfortable, but this is one situation when it can help us do what is right in the Lord rather than leading us away from Him.

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