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November 2011

COVETOUSNESS


Shiny John

A call to live a life of contentment.

One of the sins Christians are least bothered of is the sin of covetousness. Covetousness means greediness or a desire for more. The world says more is better. Different companies advertise their various products claiming to give us a better feeling or a better life. People go after them to make their life good. And Christians also have a craze for things that promise pleasure in life, products ranging from cosmetics and clothing to electronic gadgets, home appliances, houses and properties, not to mention the gastronomic items. There was a time when Christians used to forsake extravagant possessions and lived simple lives pleasing God rather than pleasing self.

Building Empire
Today Christians have enough money to splurge for selfish gratification. We are not content with all that we have. We want more food, more clothing, more cosmetics, more land and more houses, more securities and shares. Church leaders are also covetous or greedy for more, more money, more land, more houses and more luxuries. The coming of the Lord is very near. But most of them are building an empire for themselves here and accumulating wealth rather than seeking God and doing His will. There is no time to look within our soul nor to look upwards to know the Heavenly Father’s will. It seems we have forgotten the fact that we are pilgrims on this earth and our citizenship is in heaven. We have forgotten that this life is fleeting and we have to live our lives here in godliness with contentment. We have almost forgotten the hope of eternal life with Jesus, for which we have to purify ourselves. The Bible has clearly said that covetousness is a sin which is equivalent to idolatry. And those who are covetous will not enter the kingdom of God. Ephesians 5:5 says, "for of this you can be sure: no immoral, impure or greedy (covetous) person--such a man is an idolater--has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God." Then what are we gaining even if we are able to accumulate a whole lot of things in this world, but lose our own soul?

Contentment
Jesus said, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions" (Lk.12:15). The Apostle Paul said, "if we have food and clothing, let us be content with it." And "godliness with contentment is great gain" (1Tim.6:6). Colossians 3:2 says, "Set your minds on things above and not on earthly things." "Put to death therefore whatever belongs to your earthly nature... evil desires and greed which is idolatry. Because of these the wrath of God is coming" (Col.3:5). Paul tells the church at Philippi, "I now say with tears, many live as the enemies of the cross. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach... their mind is on earthly things." Dear ones, what are we setting our sights on? Do we desire to hoard many things here or are we storing treasures in heaven? Do we want to be destroyed with this world or do we desire a better resurrection? Let us get right before God and leave all forms of covetousness, so that we would be worthy before God when He comes to take His Church. Let us set our affection on things that are above and live a life of godliness with contentment. Jesus said, "Do not store for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matt.6:19-21). "The grace of God... teaches us to say ‘No’ to all ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope, the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ" (Tit.2:11-13). Let us trust in the grace of God to forsake all forms of greediness and live a life of contentment in what God provides, doing His will according to His Word. Maranatha!




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