Have you ever found yourself envying sinners? After all, from some believer’s point of view it could seem as if non-believers can do whatever they want, whenever they want, without being convicted by the Holy Spirit. The bible tells us that he who the Son sets free is free indeed, but some believers may feel that non-believers who choose to live life any way they want are experiencing real freedom. I encourage you not to get caught in the trap of thinking this way. We are reminded in Proverbs 23:17:
"Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord."
You see, we believers are playing the “long game”. Remember the truth about life. I believe that what we see and are experiencing right here and now is more of an illusion than what is going on in the heavenly realms. I believe that we are the fish in the bowl, and that the heavenly realms are looking in on our small little finite existence with full knowledge that there is something much, much more. So I encourage you, don’t envy sinners with what seems like freedom. But play the long game. Remember eternity and the one who has power over both body and soul.
“Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord”. Don’t get fooled by the illusion of freedom that those who are not following Christ experience. We, as believers, have the true life living inside of us. The peace and joy of knowing Christ outweighs that of not knowing him. Like the parable of the man who finds a pearl in the field and sells everything he has to buy the field so that he can have the pearl, remember the long game. We know the illusion of life. There is so much more both here and after we die. So, do not let you heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.