A young man was given a robe after working very hard to earn it. That robe was the result of all his hard work and he was very proud of it. He believed he earned it. The one who gave him the robe was a very great King who believed in justice, grace, and righteousness. The robe was to be a confidence builder for the young man, so that he might do even more for the King. Along came another young man who did the same job in half the time with half the effort because he was gifted with extraordinary talents by the King to do the work. That young man knew the King had gifted him to do these things and his way of praising the king was using the gift he was given for the good of the kingdom. The young man who was a hard worker soon became jealous of the gifted young man and started to hate him. He began to criticize the gifted young man to make him doubt that he had any talent at all and he also shamed the gifted young man by telling him he was worthless and prideful. Before long the gifted young man quit trying to work for the King and quit using his gifts for the King’s glory. The King was very sad that the very one He had gifted had quit using his gift and could not figure out what had happened. One day when riding through the kingdom he overheard the worker young man criticizing the gifted young man and realized he was trying to keep him from using his gift. The King was enraged and went to the young man who had earned the robe and took the robe off his back and immediately the young man’s countenance changed from evil to good. He started seeing the good in the gifted young man and realized that he was chosen by the King for good. So instead of criticizing him, he started praising his work and the gifted young man became even better in doing his work and joy filled the kingdom. The worker young man started missing the beautiful robe he had once worn and longed to wear it again, because it made him feel he had worth. He snuck into the inner chamber and took the robe and put it on again. His countenance changed immediately and he once again started putting down his rival, the gifted young man. Before long joy once again left the kingdom and a cloud had formed over the whole place because of The Jealousy Robe. The King came once again to the working young man and saw he had the robe on and took it off of him. In leaving him, the King told him “This robe was given to you as a gift. Not because you earned it. You will always be jealous of the gifted young man if you think I gave this to you because of your works.”
Jealousy always comes when we think we have done something to receive what we have and The Jealousy Robe will draw us back every time. Everything we have has been given to us by the King of kings and he wants it to be used for His kingdom. Jealousy robs the kingdom of the joy that the King has planned for it. Don’t put on the jealousy robe and God’s work will flourish as never before. The high priests and his associates in Acts 5 thought they could stop what God had ordained through Peter and the apostles, but found out that when God wants something done, no prison in the world can keep it from happening.
Truth to be told: Don’t try to imprison God working through a person by putting on The Jealousy Robe. He will accomplish his task irregardless of what you try to do. In reality he has gifted some people to naturally do His will and that is a good thing. The moment they try to earn that gift that has been freely given is the moment that gift has become tainted. May they never put on the jealousy robe….Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one my boast.”
The Pilgrimage continues….