Is covetousness keeping you from fulfilling your life’s mission?
When people think of coveting, they usually think of desiring another’s possessions.
But I’m inclined to think today we more frequently covet another’s position more than his possessions. And when we do, we miss the calling God has for us.
Do you spend your time and energy desiring someone else’s place in life rather than giving 100% to living out your own?
I know I have, and the more I’ve thought about it, the more I’m convinced coveting is just plain dumb.
By coveting, we sabotage our own efforts. We must take care to escape its pull.
Why Avoid Coveting
Here are 5 reasons coveting is self-destructive and something we need to overcome.
God is against it. In the 10th Commandment God says, “You shall not covet. . .” (Exodus 20:17). God tells us to avoid certain practices for our good. When we don’t listen to Him, we bring harm on ourselves.
Those you covet have their own problems. When we covet others for their place in life, we assume their lives are perfect. But the truth is, they have their own problems that you probably don’t want to add to your own.
If God thought you should be in the place you covet, you would be there. You may think being in a certain position would be best for you. But God knows best, and He may be protecting you from something you can’t handle.
Coveting keeps you from focusing on what you ought to be doing. If you are busy complaining in your heart that you aren’t in the place you’d like to be, you can’t apply yourself in the place you are.
Coveting leads to destructive action. Covetousness is at the root of all kinds of evil activity—like slander, theft, murder and unjust war. The problems of our world thrive on coveting and none of us is beyond involvement in any of these.
The Cure for Coveting
Coveting is ruinous and deeply rooted in our nature. But it can be overcome by God’s grace and a determined effort to have your focus where it should be.
The key is to learn contentment.
Become content that God has called you to the place He has, and find your satisfaction in fulfilling the role He has for you.
Don’t begrudge the place He has for others. Instead, be thankful God has put us all in the place He has for the fulfillment of His glorious plan.
Put away all coveting.
It never brings any good; only harm.