It’s in our nature to succeed and get ahead. It’s called “Survival of the Fittest” by psychologists. It is just part of our evil nature according to the Bible. The very first murder was Cain killing his brother Abel because he was jealous. And thus evil continued to plague the nation causing consequences of God’s wrath.
We have to work hard to fight against the natural instincts of hate, judgement, jealousy, envy, greed, pride, lust and bitterness. These natural emotions are not part of God’s nature, so those whom belong to Christ have been given the Holy Spirit to counteract these sinful behaviors. Therefore, never believe that a Christian is perfect or supposed to be perfect. We are human, we make mistakes, we stumble, fall and crawl along the ground at some point in our lives. BUT, Jesus is always there ready to pick us up, dust us off and forgive us immediately. That’s why I love little children and their innocent emotional outbursts. They are quick to admit frustrations, anger and greed yet, they are easily corrected without holding a grudge. Jesus says we must humble ourselves like children to be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18:4). Admit you mess up and get over it. Have an innocent belief that your Father, God, will take care of you and make everything better. Those who are too big for their britches have a difficult time not only being humble but admitting the need for help.
Wherever you look, there will be Christians making a loud noise for God but causing others to be turned away. Don’t consider these loud-mouths the best representation of Jesus and the personal relationship He offers. Matthew 18:6 tells us “but if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea”. The enemy loves and uses these folks to cause stumbling to occur. If you ever question the life of Christians, don’t consider just the one you know or the one who provides the latest gossip at work, look in the Bible and read the history of Jesus and the Christians who followed him, those who stumbled, doubted, betrayed and how Jesus responds to them.