• William T. Howe Ph.D.

October 29, 2021

Daily Reading: Luke 12-13

Luke 12:15

And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

Of all that could be written about today’s verse, nothing could be written more effectively than that which the Lord said. …a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

What more can be said? Nothing.

But wait…let this be said. Meditate upon this teaching for it is the key to happiness, contentment, fulfillment, and gratification. If that is, a person’s life is absent of covetousness. Go read Romans 1:29 there you will find a list of egregious sins, one of which is covetousness. It’s right up there with some of the so-called “big” sins. In Colossians covetousness is said to be idolatry (Colossians 3:5) Unfulfilled desires that grow into covetousness lead one down a twisted road of harmful actions, attitudes, and arrogances; a road that is all too often well-traveled.

So, how can one overcome covetousness. Hebrews 13:5 has the answer: Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Simply put, be content with the things that you have, especially the Lord God. The second part of this verse is all up to the Lord, He promised to never leave you nor forsake you and it is His responsibility to keep that promise. However, the first part is your responsibility. Being content with such things that you have is a mindset. Just like love, faith, and other life attributes, being content is a decision. When covetousness tries to slip into the mind, force it out with Scripture, prayer, and honest confession in prayer, just as with any other sin.

Covetousness is like a leprosy, left untreated it continues to grow, invade, and infect. Stop it at the temptation stage. You’ll be glad you did. After all, this is such an important topic that the Lord said to Take heed, and beware. The only other issue the Lord used this phrase for was the leaven of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees which is hypocrisy. Which would be a good topic to perhaps discuss on another day.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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