“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.” – (Exo 20:17)
The things we buy are like the signboards of our lives. They advertise what we value. They paint a picture of what we want others to think about us.
From our household items, those who drive a car, phones we purchase, electronics, and the clothes we wear at all times, we are projecting an image.
Instead of making a purchase to meet our needs, we’re tempted to buy things – both big and small – to tell a story about who we are. The reason why someone would not wear an out of fashion clothes, drive a stick shift old car, or using anything but the latest gadget.
The root of this problem is not in the shopping malls or in the things we buy, it’s in us. It’s not sinful to buy nice things, appreciate new clothes, or enjoy new technology. But when our possessions become the source of our identity, we become guilty of idolatry.
In other words, we worship creation – not the Creator.
We don’t succeed fighting sin by living a life of poverty, no that is not what God intends for us. You have to go to the root of the problem.
To attack the sin of covetousness or wanting the possessions of another person, God is training us to love Jesus more. As you worship and serve Jesus, your worship of possessions will be crushed, and the grip of consumerism will be loosened.
So do you live for things or for God? Once our perspective is right, we can enjoy even the smallest blessings that come our way. A covetous person is unthankful for the things he has and all he aims is getting more.
This is why Apostle Paul teaches us: “If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge people into ruin and destruction.” (1 Tim 6:8-9)
© Wisdom from Above 2021
Rev. Bobby K. Ndung’u
📢 Christian Missionary
Day’s Prayer Emphasis
Today we commit to pray for Families. Pray against family separation and divorce. Pray for love and commitment. Pray for the children that they may grow in the fear of God and for their success. Pray for provisions .
TODAY’S BIBLE IN ONE YEAR
Day 172 – Psalms 89-94_