“Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.” (Galatians 5:26)
What’s this, “envying one another” in the church? Surely not! But evidently it WAS happening in the church at Galatia. And it is undoubtedly going on in our churches today, too. Do any of these things sound familiar:
— Why does that member get more attention or visits than me?
— Even among church staff: why does THAT minister seem to get all the acclaim for their ministry?
— Why does that group get the bigger classroom?
— It seems like everyone talks to someone else and not me!
— Why did THEY get the solo?
— Why do THEY always get asked to pray?
— Why do all the kids talk to THEM?
— Why aren’t I in that popular “clique” in the church?
None of these kinds of attitudes are of the Lord. Paul had just said in :25, “let us also walk by the Spirit” — NOT exhibiting this kind of envying. Perhaps you are “right” and there is some truth in your accusation. But what you need to remember is that no one is really “right” who exhibits a spirit of envy in the church.