Beware of Covetousness

What a beautiful morning as I sit under the awning of our camper at the campsite. I am reminded of the Words of our Lord Jesus in Luke chapter 12 of being aware or “take heed” of covetousness, that of having much and wanting more.

Covetousness is the desire for wealth or possessions or for another’s possessions, for example, he looked at his boss’s new car with covetous  eyes or having a craving for possession covetous of power.

We are not to go after the abundance of things and possessions of life as our priority but we are to make sure our thoughts, mind, heart and spirit is right with God.

Yes, Christ in our heart must become first in all we do. In other words, our thoughts, mind and purpose in life must be to serve, obey and apply the Word of God in our life and lifestyle; sharing the love of Jesus to those around us, in thought, word and deed. Making Christ as our focal point in this life will bring joy and happiness for today and guarantees eternal life with God forever.

Having possessions is ok, for we must live and take care of our family, but when they rule you or might say, control our lives this is where sin enters the picture. Covetousness for the Christian is a very hard lesson to learn especially in times of abundance or great wealth.

We are to be content with what we have and use what we have to help others.

The Scriptures has much to say on this topic of covetousness. For example, Exodus 20:17; Matthew 6:19-34; Acts 5:1-10; Romans 14:17; Ephesians 5:5; 1 Timothy 6: 6-10; James 5:1-4 and I am sure there are many more examples. These examples bring out the warnings and seriousness of covetousness that can lead to sin.

Again, Christ has made it perfectly clear in the Scriptures that our spiritual being, our souls are of the utmost importance to God in this life and the life to come.

God will take care of us “if” we make His Kingdom of priority in our hearts, mind, body and soul. He will provide the things “necessary” for today and tomorrow.

As always, love in Christ Jesus

Paul Lundmark.

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