When others progress

By Pst Sam Ithiga

But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!” – Numbers 11:29

How do you feel when you see other people advancing in their faith, careers or even economically in a way that elevates them to your level or beyond? Does it make you jealous or happy? Do you feel threatened and pressured to outperform them so as to retain your superiority? In Numbers 11, the humility of Moses shines. When Joshua reported to him that there were people in the camp who were prophesying, he thought Moses would be alarmed and intervene to stop them. Instead, Moses used that moment to teach Joshua that he was not only not jealous but that he wished everyone would advance in their relationship with God like he had.

Isn’t this also not the heart of Christ? Scripture teaches that though He was God (being the only son of God), He did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage but was willing to humble Himself so that He could elevate us (Philippians 2:6). We are now children of God and co-heirs with Him. It pleased Him to share everything that He has inherited. Do we have this heart of working towards the elevation of others?

Child of God, jealousy, selfish ambition and envy are the misdeeds of the flesh and not the fruit of the Spirit. Pray that God may help you to overcome them. Ask the Lord to grant you much security in His love so that you will not feel insecure when others progress. May you have Moses’ attitude and may you follow the example of Christ of seeking the welfare of others even above that of self.

Prayer: Dear God, deepen our security in your love for us so that we will not fail to appreciate what you are doing in others. Make us like Christ who didn’t cling to status but rather worked to elevate us. Amen.

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