If you have more than one child, you could probably write a book on sibling rivalry. While I only have one child, I still remember the sibling rivalry that took place when I was growing up with three brothers.
Unfortunately, we have sibling rivalry in the church. Galatians 5:26 tells us that we shouldn’t be conceited or competitive, nor should we be provoking and irritating to one another, envious or jealous of one another. If Sister Susie gets to sing on Sunday morning, do we get jealous because we got scheduled on Wednesday night when the attendance is down? When we hear someone sing or play an instrument, do we conceitedly think that we could have done better? If an opening for a leadership position in women’s ministry is made known, do we do everything in our power to get that position? Do we want the position because we feel called to it, or do we want it to stroke our ego? If you offer to teach a class for women’s ministry, but the department leader chooses to go another direction, do you get jealous or angry?
We even deal with the very familiar phrase, “It’s not fair!” If a sister gets blessed with a grocery shower because she’s having a hard time financially, do we rejoice? Or, do we remember years ago when we were having a tough time and nobody did anything to help? Too often, we cry out “It’s not fair!”
If we’ve been praying for God to use us in the gift of prophecy or speaking in tongues, and we see a fairly new Christian operating in that gift, do we get jealous? Or can we speak a word of encouragement to them on how blessed you were by their obedience to the Spirit of God?
Do you have some sibling rivalry that you need to confess?
© 2005, Stacy R. Miller