When you hear about the success of others, how do you respond? Do you respond with joy or do you respond with a twinge of envy? Many are uncomfortable with the success of others because it reveals their own inadequacies and shortcomings. When we hear about a colleague making a breakthrough, our joy for them is tempered by our low self-value and self-worth.
Maybe you set to embark on a great challenge. But when you announced your intention you were disappointed that others were not more encouraging. You would have thought they would be happy for you. You thought they would be more supportive, but they came across as doubtful about your prospects. Subconsciously, their doubt in you is likely more about doubt in themselves.
It points us back to the relationship we have with God the Father. Many of us find our value in what we do or accomplish. For pastors we often look to find our value in how many people we have coming to our church and listen to our sermons. In some form or another it goes back to how many people recognize what I am doing, how many people are following me, and how many people like me.
But your value is not in what you have done or accomplished. Your value is found in that you are a child of God. God created you. He says, “You are my child, who I love, in whom I am well pleased.” Our value is found in an abiding relationship with the Father. It is not found by how much money we make, how large a following we gather, or how big of a monument you have built.
Maybe the greatest litmus test for your relationship with God is the attitude you carry towards others. When you are content in your relationship with the Father you can truly rejoice with others in their joy and weep in their sorrow.
Lord, I pray that you would help me to know you. Help me find my contentment in you alone. Forgive me for my envy of others that is so often caused by my lack of trust in you. Help me to see that I am precious to you not because of what I have accomplished for you, but because of who you made me to be. Amen.