You know how much Jesus loves you? He loves you so much that He can’t bear the thought that you would choose another and not Him! He loves you so much that He would die for you! Wait a minute…He DID DIE FOR YOU! That death on the cross that we just celebrated, was the price He paid; not for His sins, He didn’t have any sins! It was the price He paid, FOR YOUR SINS AND MINE. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:19b-20 “You are not your own; 20you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” If we claim the redemption He has provided through the shedding of His blood, we belong to Him, and He’s not sharing!
2 Corinthians 11:2 2I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. The Lord is very jealous of your love. Why wouldn’t He be? He paid such a dear price for it. How could you think that you are your own, or worse yet, that you belong to the world? He has already proven that He would rather die than to see anything come between you and His love! God loved so much that, while we were still sinners, He died for us that we could be reconciled to Him, be one with Him, and have eternal life with Him. He has a burning desire for us! God is jealous when someone takes something that rightly belongs to Him and keeps it for themselves or gives it to another; i.e. His glory, praise, our time, worship. When we give worship or praise to false gods that is due God Almighty, we provoke God’s righteous jealousy.
Furthermore, He is jealous of our trust. The only one you need to put your trust in is Him. Is your trust being misdirected to your finances, or lack of them? Maybe we’re putting a little too much faith in the world’s advice, i.e. secular counseling, advice of non-Christians, etc. Or when we rely a little too heavily on our own wisdom the wisdom of a friend – or worst of all, start putting too much trust in works of our own apart from the blood of Jesus, His jealousy is greatly aroused, since He’s always been glad when we trust in Him.
God is always jealous of the company we keep. Anyone we care deeply about we care deeply about every aspect of their life, including how they spend their time. Certainly, there should be no none we fellowship with more than Jesus. No one has invested so greatly in our life as He. No one has died for us. No one loves us so and has such an active role in our everyday life, He is our lifeblood! When you compare communion with the world with that of abiding with Jesus daily is grievous to our Lord!
John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
In Christ, Rick