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Day 1001: “Wanting What You Have”

1 Corinthians 3:3

You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?

Thoughts for Today:

Previously, Paul told us one mark of a lack in spiritual maturity is the inability to take in more of the Word (verse 2a: "I gave you milk, not solid food for you were not ready for it.") Another symptom of the "worldly" or "fleshly" Christian is jealousy and quarreling. Jealousy always demands something more. It is symptomatic of general dissatisfaction with what we have. It leads to quarreling and looking for something new -- which invariably leads to finding (or inventing) something wrong -- divisions then result.

When my wife Sherry and I first became engaged she asked me one of those status types of questions, "Are you happy with our relationship?" I answered in a way that she didn't get right away. I told her simply, "I'm satisfied." She actually got a little hurt, "What do you mean you're satisfied? Is there something wrong?" I explained, "I couldn't be happier. It's why I used the word 'satisfied' -- I want for nothing more. You are everything I've ever wanted in a wife!"

After we were married, Sherry brought home a plaque inscribed with these words: "Happiness is wanting what you have." For us that is the definition of satisfaction. In our relationship, arguments or quarreling are rare because we both want what we have.

Questions to Ponder:

Jealousy and quarreling are no more welcome in churches than in relationships. Neither leads to any positive result. In most cases, strife and division result. Do you want what you have whether in church or at home? What is God's desire? What is His example?

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About the author

Pocket Devotions are written by Mike Brooks. A retired businessman, he is Moderator of South Shores church, leads the Deacon Board, serves on the finance committee, and he teaches a Men's Bible study and the Men's Ministry. Mike has a passion for evangelical missions. He is the husband of Sherry; the father of Ryan, Natalie, Krissy, Rebecca, and Amanda; the father-in-law of Ariel; and the grandfather of Conner and Christian.

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