Sunday, February 24, 2019—Mike Teel, Pastor
Escape the Ugly Green Monster of Envy
FOCAL PASSAGE: Matthew 20:11-16… 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’ 13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ 16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
SO WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?
Proverbs 14:30... A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
UN-WISE… Job 5:2
UN-LOVING… I Corinthian 13:4
THE UNGLINESS OF ENVY
1. ENVY’S UGLY TONGUE… James 3:5-6
A. PLASTIC PRAISE
C. CONDESCENDING COMPARISON or ONE-UPMANSHIP
2. ENVY’S UGLY CORE
ENVY’S UGLY PRODUCE
I Corinthians 13:4
DESIRE THE BEST THINGS
Three guidelines that will help us overcome this fatal distraction:
1. OWNERSHIP OR CONFESSION…
2. ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE...
3. ANITICIPATE ENVY…
I Peter 5:8
LIVE IT OUT
> What triggers envy in your life?
> What steps do you need to take to avoid those triggers?
> Do you have a relationship with Christ so that you can depend upon Him?