The Way of Walking with Christ - based on a work of Miyamoto Musashi

7) Do not envy another’s good or evil.
First, your walk with God is not my walk with God.  Where He takes You, and what He will do with  you is most likely very different than where and what He is doing in my life.  Our walk with Christ is an individual experience.  What Billy Graham, Jonathon Edwards, Mother Teresa, CJ Mahaney, Habitat for Humanity and Operation Christmas Child accomplish(ed) are all really good things, but the path any one of us are on may not be the same.  To envy what these Godly people/organizations are doing, or have done, will only distracts you from what you need to be doing, and thus you are not going to be as effective. as you could/should be.  Do not covet includes the work God has placed before others.

To envy what is evil is also to place yourself in a position of temptation.  From our finite perspective there are times when those who do not seem to follow the rules, get a head.  Like they have an unfair advantage, but this is what God has to say: 
Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.  If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.  Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord. (Romans 12:17-19, ESV)
Do not burden yourselves with what others are doing, but concentrate on what God has you doing.

1 comment:

Kathie said...

I need to read this today. Thanks