“You shall not covet.” Exodus 20:17
We’ve all heard the word “covet” before but we don’t tend to use it much in our daily vocabulary.
So what does it mean?
Have I ever done such a thing as “covet”?
It sounds bad.
Did I ever do it intentionally or did it just sort of happen?
Being covetous has discontentment at the very core. When we are discontent with our place in life, our circumstances, or our accomplishments, we as men want to change things! Make things better!
Now, this behavior didn’t just start recently…Just look at two toddlers playing on the living room floor. One is fully enjoying himself playing with a shiny new Hot Wheels car. The other one sees this from the other side of the room, crawls over and tries to take the car from the other toddler.
We did not have to be taught this behavior. It’s part of our sin nature.
Left to ourselves we will selfishly pursue money, position, power, and possessions. But this is not God’s plan for our lives.
This Friday, we’ll dig into God’s plan. It’s a plan for us to battle covetousness and pursue true meaning, security, joy, and contentment in our lives.
I’m looking forward to seeing you early!
– Chris Freiburg
This Week’s Key Verses
You shall not covet. Exodus 20:17
The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that poverty awaits them. Proverbs 28:22
For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.” Mark 7:21-23
But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:6
Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” Luke 12:15
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:11-13