Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”
Envy—it drives us. It causes us to want to be better than somebody else who might have greater successes or possessions. It will make us discontent. We can have a great house, until we visit someone else’s house which happens to be bigger and better. We can have a wonderful car, until our neighbor pulls up next to our driveway with a Bentley. We can have a beautiful wife, until we meet up with a friend who is married to a professional model. We can have a wonderful job, until we realize that we could make much more in another profession as someone we know. So we are driven—absolutely driven by envy. To those who are overachievers, who are always saying, “I want, I want, I want,” when will it be enough? The answer to that question is “never.” Greed will drive us and the only thing that can change our lives is Jesus Christ. He can make us content with what we have. “…for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:11–13). We can be so content that we’re willing to be, to do, and live wherever God wants us to live. And not only that, we’ll have some of the best friends, but, inside of us, we will have our best friend—Jesus.