Love It…But Do Not Covet
Generally, when we hear “thou shall not covet…” we think of desiring or pursuing someone else’s spouse however, the rest of the verse (Exodus 20:17) actually gives us instruction not to covet ANYTHING that belongs to our neighbor.
“You must not covet your neighbor’s house. You must not covet your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.”
The battle between loving your life and desiring the life of others has been going on for ages! There were literally men and women coveting the ox and donkey of their neighbor, friend and even siblings. Sounds crazy, right?
Well maybe not so crazy because back then livestock was synonymous with wealth. The more livestock one possessed the more wealth he possessed. Therefore, essentially the people were doing what we do today; they were looking at the wealth of their neighbor and desiring to have the same thing rather than appreciating their own wealth.
How many of us have found ourselves doing this from time to time? I know I have. If you think the covetous feelings and desires that you experience are a foreign novelty to God, think again. He knows the temptation to think the grass is greener exists, and that’s why he gives us instruction to avoid tiptoeing to the other side. Better yet, He provides us with our own grass (life) so that we can fertilize it and see it grow and flourish.
A great way to avoid coveting the things of others is to learn more about yourself. I know that didn’t sound very deep but there is value in taking time to discover why your life is great and valuable. Plus, let’s face it…if we knew how valuable and special lives are we wouldn’t waste time coveting the lives (spouses, cars, homes, jobs, businesses…etc.) of others.
To begin loving your life instead of others’, simply begin by making a list of your greatest assets, a list of talents and gifts, and a list of your goals. Doing something as simple as this will allow you to see that you’re just as awesome and valuable as those you overly admire. Lastly, the next best thing you could ever do is to KNOW God’s promises for your life and believe them. There’s a verse (Hosea 4:6) that says “my people perish for lack of knowledge.” Put one way, “people give up” on loving themselves because they don’t KNOW the word of God.
If you want to enjoy God’s promises forever start loving and enjoying the blessings you have today.
The more you love yourself the less you’ll covet the lives of others. Know who you are, arm your mind with the Word of God, and LOVE every part of your life EVERYDAY.
Prayer: Dear God, teach us to love ourselves the way that you love us. Help us to deepen our understanding of your promises as we grow more in you.