TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, July 03, 2019:
Long for; desire enviously; wrongfully desire what belongs to another; a desire for an unjust gain; greed.
And Jesus said to them, Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Children playing with other children always seem to want the toy that the other child is playing with. It doesn’t seem to matter if there are over a dozen other toys on the floor near them; they want the toy that the other child is playing with.
As parents we know that this is not right so we should intervene and solve the problem but unfortunately many parents do not face the issue which only reinforces a child’s natural trait of selfishness and entitlement. Children must be taught to share and treat others with kindness.
Adults are covetous just like children. In many cases we do not think of wanting something until a friend gets one. When this happens and we covet what someone else has we are breaking God’s Tenth Commandment. Jesus warns us strongly to “Watch out! Be on guard against all kinds of greed” in Luke 12:15.
Coveting goes beyond just admiring something that belongs to someone else. It usually includes jealousy or a feeling of resentment towards the person who has what you want. Coveting is a very deadly sin. The commandment against coveting goes beyond coveting things. The Bible specifically commands, “You shall not covet your neighbors wife.” The divorce rate makes it very evident how devastating the sin of covetousness is.
James says in James 4:1-3 that coveting leads to quarrels and fights because we want something but we do not get it. People often become jealous when they see others get promotions or the recognition that they coveted. James warns that covetousness can even lead some to kill. God’s commandment, “Thou shall not covet” should be taken very seriously.
In the verse we have put above we are reminded that life does not consist in the abundance of things we possess. This is the exact opposite of what we see in practice in our society. Most people think if they just had a bigger home, a newer car, the latest electronic devise and whatever else they desire, that they would be so much happier.
The believer’s goal should not be to accumulate riches but to be rich in God by seeking His kingdom as written in Luke 12:31. Seeking the kingdom of God means making Jesus the Lord and King of your life. Jesus further warns us against covetousness and greed in the story of the rich young man, in Luke 12:16-18, who stored up great riches but died before he could use them, and left it all behind. Our greatest desire should be to store up riches in heaven. We become rich toward God by faith and obedience and by serving Him.
Our memory verse for this week is found in John 3:16.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Thank You for the assurance that You have given us that You will provide all of our needs. Help my family not to covet the things of this world but help us to seek the riches that God has for us. Thank You that when we seek You, You will protect us from evil and bless us with your goodness meeting all of our needs.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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