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I Want a Life Like That

August 8, 2020

August 8, 2020 • Andrew Stevens • READ: EPHESIANS 1:3-13; 1 PETER 1:3-9

"Whoa...I want to live in a house like that. Whoa...I want a life like that. I want a family like that. I want to look like that. I want..." Do you ever find yourself comparing your life to the life of someone else? I know I spend a good amount of time on social media, just dreaming of what life would be like if I could switch places with one person I follow. She seems to have it all together, and she seems to be content. But is she content because of everything she has...or because of her faith and the contentment God offers? Is she even content, or does she just look that way on social media? We compare ourselves to others all the time, and we feel like we have less than them. We feel like we have not been blessed like them. We want more out of our lives, and we want that because we have seen others who seem to have that. This is called coveting (Exodus 20:17). But, in Christ, we’re called to more than comparison and coveting (Hebrews 13:5). Jesus died for our every sin—including the comparison game (Isaiah 53:5; Romans 6:6-8). So, instead of coveting, let’s rest in Jesus, thanking Him for what we have. In this broken world, we won’t have perfect lives, but, no matter what, we are blessed because we have Christ and His kingdom, an inheritance that won’t be shaken (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 12:28; 1 Peter 1:3-4). • Emily Acker • Who do you compare yourself to? • What are things you are grateful to have, even as you long for other things? • When we have needs, who can we turn to (Matthew 6:25-34; 1 Peter 5:7)? • Reread today’s Bible passages. What are some of the promises we have in Christ? A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30 (NIV)