Have you ever looked at someone else with eyes of envy? Be honest, we all have from time to time compared ourselves with someone who has more. This person might have more talent, more money, better looks or simply more than you!
Whenever we compare ourselves with someone who has more, we feel cheated. Thoughts of life being unfair race through our minds. “I deserve that just as much!” This is often what we feel when we see someone else experiencing greater success than we are experiencing.
John the Baptist had an opportunity to feel this way about his ministry in John 3. He was famous. People flocked to his outdoor church services in the river to hear him preach and get baptized by him. Then all of a sudden, someone else came along who had more success than he did…Jesus!!
26 They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan–the one you testified about–well, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.” 27 To this John replied, “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven.” (John 3:26-27)
John’s church was diminishing and Jesus’ was growing. Yet, John’s response was…”A man can receive only what is given him from heaven.”
Perhaps I wasn’t given the ability to own a very successful business.
Perhaps I wasn’t given the talent to be a lead singer.
Perhaps I wasn’t given the call to be a pastor.
You see, we all have been given exactly what we need to do exactly what God has designed us for. Every time we look at someone else that is better or has more, we are saying to God, “You messed up!”
This is one of the hardest things we all deal with in life (myself again.) Reading this passage made me pause and realize that my only goal in life should be to USE WHAT I’VE GOT to the best of my ability.
I may not be the best preacher.
I may not have the biggest church.
I may not be the best leader.
But I can be the BEST at being me. And you can be the BEST at being you.
Maybe that’s all God wants anyway.