We all know how it feels to see a friend succeeding while we seem to be standing still. We’re all too familiar with that knot that forms in our stomach when our co-worker gets the promotion we wanted, our or best friend gets the new guy’s attention, or our family member is awarded a large sum of money. As long as we’re in this fallen world, we will struggle with jealousy and coveting. It’s as simple as that.
However, thanks to Christ and his death and resurrection, there’s hope for our greedy tendencies.
By Webster’s definition, covetousness is “greedy, acquisitive, grasping—showing a strong desire especially for material possessions.”
I don’t know about you, but that’s not anything I want to be associated with. We must remember the secret of happiness that’s found in the Gospel:
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)
This doesn’t mean that when we seek to follow the Lord, we’ll suddenly be showered with an assortment of designer shoes and an expensive line of makeup products. Rather, it means our hearts will shift, and we’ll desire kingdom-minded things instead of couture. (Doesn’t something in your spirit take a deep breath at that possibility? An inhale of relief? There’s a reason for that, sister.)
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