Expanded Purpose Driven Life
What on earth am I here for?
Free Campaign materials
Do you ever wish you had what someone else has? Do you ever wish God had made you like someone else? Join Pastor Rick and he teaches us the antidote for envy.
LOVE DOES NOT ENVY
“Love does not envy.” 1 Cor. 13:4b (NIV)
Resenting God’s goodness to others & ignoring God’s goodness to me
“Wherever there is envy… you’ll find every kind of evil.” James 3:16
THE ANTIDOTE FOR ENVY
Jesus’ Story of the Vineyard Workers (Matt. 20)
1. STOP ___________________ YOURSELF TO OTHERS.
“Those hired last came up and were each given a dollar. When those who were hired first saw that, they assumed they would get far more.” Matt. 20:9-10a (Msg)
2. START ___________________ God’s Grace to OtherS.
“The workers who had been hired first thought they would be given more than the others. But when they were given the same, they began complaining to the owner of the vineyard… He said, ‘Are you envious because I am generous to them?’” Matt. 20:10-11, 15b (CEV/NIV)
“Rejoice with those who rejoice!” Rom. 12:15 (NIV)
3. BE GRATEFUL FOR ___________________
“Isn’t everything you have and everything you are sheer gifts from God? So what’s the point of all this comparing and competing? You already have all you need!” 1 Cor. 4:7b-8a (Msg)
“It is better to be satisfied with what you have than to be always wanting something else.” Eccl. 6:9 (GN)
4. TRUST GOD WHEN ___________________
“These last workers put in only one easy hour, and yet you have made them equal to us – we who slaved all day under a scorching sun!” Matt. 20:12 (Msg)
The Owner: “Friends, I didn’t cheat you. I paid you exactly what we agreed on… What business is it of yours if I want to pay them the same that I paid you? Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money?” Matt. 20:13-15a (CEV)
5. KEEP FOCUSED ON ___________________ FOR YOU.
The Owner: “Take your money now and go!” Matt. 20:14a (GW)
“Let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us.” Heb. 12:1 (LB)
“You saw me before I was born and scheduled every day of my life before I began to breathe.” Ps. 139:15 (LB)
“And so it is, that many who are first now will be last then and those who are last now will be first then… If you want to be great, you must become the servant of all the others.” Matt. 20:16 & 26 (NLT/CEV)
I cannot fulfill God’s purpose for me if I am envying others.
“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.”
PROVERBS 14:30 (NIV)
In what areas of my life do I most often compare myself with and envy others?