faith works by love #3 :)

Y’all know I’m the pastor’s wife – and I’m blessed to have many talented people in my life. They are gracious, gifted, successful and anointed – and when they operate in their gifts, they are doing it as unto the Lord and I benefit. When I operate in my gifts, I am doing as unto the Lord and they benefit. We celebrate each other because we’re on the same team! (insert BIG sigh of relief here – I don’t have to do everything because all of us can do something!)

However, there’s the scarcity mentality that we’ve talked about the past few weeks together. The scarcity mentality makes us wary of the team. The scarcity mentality can make us self centered.  The scarcity mentality can make us think, “If she is successful, then I won’t be successful” or “if people appreciate him, they won’t appreciate me”.  It’s just not true, my friend!  My associate pastor’s wife is a gracious hostess and a wonderful teacher – our congregation loves her!  Want a prayer warrior on your side?  Well, then you want my worship leader’s wife!  Do you want a sweet friend and trusted confidant?  I can point you to that precious young lady, she’s in my circle too! Every single one of these dear friends are “working heartily unto the Lord” (Col. 3:23), and as they share their gifts, they are thinking about being a blessing.

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An attitude of abundance, of understanding that there’s enough to go around – and even more – makes me a part of a team. No room for competition in the body of Christ.  If my congregation loves someone else or appreciates someone else’s gift, it does not mean that they love or appreciate me any less. I like having a team – especially one as gifted as mine! 🙂

Here’s the original verse we started with a few weeks ago, and it seems like we’ve strayed – but thanks for staying with me!

“In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another,  not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.” (1 John 3:10-12 NKJV)

Friend, if we are to be successful in love and righteousness and works and enjoy all the benefits that the Lord means for us to enjoy in this life with Him, we must eliminate the scarcity mentality.  We must practice righteousness and we must practice love: this is the message you have heard from the beginning. Cain murdered his brother because Cain’s works were evil and Abel’s works were righteous – he murdered his brother because he was afraid of the comparison.  I know the example is extreme, but the emotions that can rise in us as a result of the scarcity mentality can also be extreme.

Take time today to thank God the gifts He has given you – and take time to today to thank God for the gifts He has given to the people within your sphere of influence.  No room to be jealous, no room for competition: if someone on your team is successful, you are successful too! Rejoice and rest in that – the pressure is off now!  You don’t have to do everything (insert big sigh of relief here!). The gifted people in my life do not represent competition or take anything away from me – they give me space and Sabbath. I don’t have to be jealous, I don’t have to feel threatened. How about this for a perspective: the Lord loves me so much that He puts these amazing people in my life and surrounds me with people who make me look good! 😉

The gifted and talented people in your life?  They are treasures from the Lord to you!  Pray for opportunities to bless them and be blessed by them in return. We should love one another fully, without reservation, without competition, without fear.

It’s a big idea, So I’ll keep the blog short.  I want to take a little selah myself right here – a moment to pause and reflect.  Want to pause and reflect with me?  Let’s visit next Monday!

Jennifer 🙂

2 thoughts on “faith works by love #3 :)

  1. kdenmark2005 says:

    I have so been stuck in the comparison rut. Not with what others can do better or what they may have that I do not, but in the looks department. I have struggled with self image all of my life do to abuse. It has stuck with me from childhood. I can’t ever seem to shake it. Thank you for this moment. We have been studying this as well in our study on Wednesday. It’s so hard.

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