Leaving God to go back to the pleasures of this world would be the same as leaving a feast for a hot pocket. Doing so would leave me feeling unfulfilled, unsatisfied, and downright foolish.
Although I regret living a life of sin, I learned an awful lot from it. I learned that I never want to go back there. EVER. However, sometimes when we see some of the “beautiful” and “successful” people in the “world,” we can be tempted to envy them and feel as if we’ve gotten the short-end of the stick.
In sin, they seem to be prospering, but we’re living holy and struggling. They seem to have everything they could ever want, but we may be surviving on rations and hand-me-downs. On the surface, they seem to have everything a person could ever dream of: money, looks, popularity, a great looking and equally-rich spouse, and here we are serving the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords but we have NONE of that.
If we’re not careful, those little thoughts can begin to seep through and take root in our heart, and make us feel bitter about serving God, because we feel like we’re missing out on something. But as the wise-old saying goes: The grass ain’t always greener on the other side.
The Bible tells us to not be envious of the wicked. “Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb.” (Psalm 37:1-2)Sure, it may look like they have it all now, and according to the standards of the world, they might. However, those things will eventually fade away, as they are only temporary.
Money is fickle, cars break down, and houses are destroyed in the fire. Friends leave, popularity is but for a season, and money-making youth and beauty will one-day fade.
Also, how many times have we read or heard about some of the top and most beloved celebrities, taking their own life after a lifetime of hard work and achievement? Sadly, too many times, right? In the end it was all for nothing. “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36 KJV)
It leads us to wonder what could possibly make such a person, want to end their time here on earth early. I believe that in most cases, it’s because in the midst of all the things that the person may possess, real joy, peace and purpose, are not among them.
The world provides a constant hunger that can never be satisfied. It always leaves a person searching for more. Temporary pleasure and momentary satisfactions are the only things that it can promise and deliver on.
True joy, love and peace can only be found in a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ, and it is not comparable to anything that the world could ever give us or offer us.
If we, as true followers of Jesus Christ, are blessed to have an abundance of material things, then praise God. However, I think that the majority of us don’t fall into that category.
That doesn’t mean that we’ve gotten the short end of the stick, or that we’re missing out on anything, but the way I see it, we have more opportunities to build our faith in God, which is more valuable than silver and gold.
There’s no reason to be envious of the world, because each day we’re stocking up our incorruptible treasure in Heaven, which we will eventually enjoy for all eternity, with our Savior Jesus Christ.
So, let’s not look across the river and envy what’s on the other side, but let’s always look to God with our eyes set upon our Heavenly home, which is our treasure that is to come.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.”