We are back in our Genesis series. Over the next ten weeks, we will transition from the life of Jacob and begin looking at the life of Joseph.
After Easter, we will begin a new series:
We Are FaithPoint!
We are going to talk about our mission, our vision, what we believe and at the end of the series, we are going to renew our covenant and ask others to join our FaithPoint family as covenant members.
Here are the notes from our sermon yesterday:
The text for this sermon comes from Genesis 30. The title of this sermon is: Unhealthy Comparisons.
Have you ever compared yourself to someone else; to the point that you resented that person because they had something that you didn’t have?
I remember watching a show on television. I cannot remember the show. However, I will not forget this lady that was on the show. She was in the comparison trap. She wanted to be better than her “friends” and neighbors. She would go to Starbucks two – four times a day just so she could be seen. If her neighbor bought a Lexus, she bought a Mercedes. She had to have the best clothes and her kids had to look better than the neighbor’s kids. She had one of the biggest and nicest houses on her street. There was a drawback.
Her family was seriously in debt. Her family did not have dental insurance. She had maxed out all of her family’s credit cards and her family was in danger of losing her house. She said that her husband had talked to her about their situation but she didn’t think much of it. The host of the show asked her if she would like help to change and she said no.
Unhealthy Comparisons do not have to be with a person or a group of people. It could be with an image that you have in your mind.
*Unhealthy Comparison leads to a belief that one is superior and one inferior.
For Rachel’s and Leah’s whole lives they were compared to each other. Rachel was always the pretty one and Leah was always the one who wasn’t good enough. Rachel was popular. Leah was the outcast. It is easy to see that Rachel was always the favorite. I believe that their parents started the comparison between them when they were younger and it fed a sibling rivalry which turned into a conflict as they grew older. When Jacob shows up to work for Laban, they both want Jacob. They both marry Jacob. However, Jacob loves Rachel and not Leah. Jacob lives with Rachel. Leah lives by herself.
*Unhealthy Comparison leads to unreal expectations.
Leah believes because she is not like her sister, there has to be a way for her to get her husband to love her too. She believes that if she can give Jacob children, he will love her. She has one son and Jacob still does not love her. She has a second son and a third son believing that the more children she has, the more Jacob will love her. Then she has a fourth son.
*Unhealthy Comparison leads to a spirit of envy – envy leads to bitterness.
Rachel becomes envious. She becomes resentful that Leah is able to bear children and she is not. Rachel’s insecurity is in full swing. She has this feeling that Jacob will love Leah more than her because Leah has given him two sons and she has not been able to give him any.
*Unhealthy Comparison leads to a spirit of competition. The competition becomes a rivalry.
Because Rachel cannot have children, she gives her servant to Jacob. The servant has two children. Leah realizes that she can no longer have children and gives her servant to Jacob. Her servant has two children.
There is unresolved conflict between Rachel and Leah.
Bitterness robs you of rest. Not sleep. Rest for your soul. Bitterness robs you of peace. Bitterness robs you of contentment. Bitterness robs you of joy.
1 Peter 1:14-16
We are called to run our own race in our own lane.
Finding your real identity in Christ frees you from having to compare yourself to the runner beside you.
I LOVE MY CHURCH!