Luke 12:15, And He (Jesus) 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.”
Luke 16:13-15, No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him. 15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
One of the many sins of the religious leaders in Jesus’ day was the sin of covetousness. Hard to imagine that one who is a spiritual leader, knowledgable of the scriptures, and steeped in truth could be guilty of this sin. But they were! I am going to guess things haven’t changed much in the past 2,000 years. It was the great Charles Spurgeon who once said,
“In all my life, I’ve been in a lot of testimony meetings, and I’ve heard a lot of people share how they’ve sinned, and I’ve had people come to me and make confession of sin; in my life I’ve never had one person confess the sin of covetousness to me.”
There is a great difference between what we NEED and what we WANT! And if we are not careful, our wanting that which we do not need can lead to a spirit of covetousness. There is a great difference between being CONTENT and being COVETOUS, and if we aren’t careful we can cloak a covetous spirit with pious talk of the blessings of God! 🙂
Very few would argue that the spirit of our age is a SPIRIT OF COVETOUSNESS. None of us can be both CONTENT with Christ, and what Christ has given us, and at the same time be COVETING stuff!
Very few things cause us to drift from Christ, become less faithful to the cause of Christ, and become calloused to the needs around us than a SPIRIT OF COVETOUSNESS.
As one pastor and author once said, “Stuff, stuff, stuff, is killing us.”
This is true, but it’s so hard for us to see it because it is a slow and gradual death of the soul!!!
1 Timothy 6:6-8, But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.