Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”- Luke 12:13-15 ESV
Covetousness is the sneakiest of all the SINS against the commandments of God. Most of you reading this text would say you are NOT covetous. It is the 10th and final commandment of God’s law. It is the hardest to identify and it is the ROOT of every other sin: I WANT, I DESERVE…what about me? In 1 Thes 2 Paul tells us how deceptive this sin is: For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness. (v5)
Leader, in the Bible dictionary it says of COVETNOUS: Strong desire to have that which belongs to another. The tenth commandment forbids coveting anything that belongs to a neighbor, including his house, his wife, his servants, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to him ( Ex 20:17 ). Jesus listed covetousness or greed along with many of the sins from within, including adultery, theft, and murder, which make a person unclean ( Mark 7:22 ) Covetousness, therefore, is basic to the commandments against murder, adultery, stealing, and lying. Coveting a neighbor’s wife is a form of adultery. Proverbs warns that a covetous person brings trouble to his family ( 15:27 ). Jesus warned, “Be on your guard against all kinds of greed” ( Luke 12:15 ).
Conduit, all this PRIVILEGE talk is COVETNOUS! Read the BIBLE and you will learn 2 things. #1- LIFE AINT FAIR. #2- LIFE IS HARD. God says,” I will REPAY!” We need to quit WANTING what others have or have accomplished and allow GOD TO guide our life! There has never been an emergency meeting of the trinity, GOD is JEHOVAH JIREH, the God who provides! God didn’t leave you, nor forsake you, nor has he been removed from THE THRONE! Quit coveting your brother’s STUFF, worldly success, and significance – BE about your FATHERS BUSINESS of the KINGDOM OF GOD! Get your foot out of the world and put BOTH IN THE KINGDOM!