“Beware of Covetousness”

“Beware of covetousness.”
(Luke 12:15)

Idolatry comes in many packages and wears many names, but none is more deceitful, dangerous, and destructive than covetousness. How often the Word of God warns us to “beware of covetousness!” (Colossians 3:2-5; Ephesians 5:5; 1st Timothy 6:10-11).

Covetousness is an ardent desire for the things of this world, an undue affection for and attachment to the riches, pleasures, and comforts of this world. Some covet the world’s money, others its’ applause. Some covet the world’s fame, others its’ comforts. Some covet the world’s honor, others its’ pleasures. But all covetousness is idolatry.

What fools they are who love and seek this world! I cannot warn you enough of the danger of worldliness, that is of loving, seeking, and living for this world! “The fashion of this world passeth away!” Trying to hold to this world is like gripping sand – The tighter you grip it, the faster it slips away. If you love and seek the things of this world,you cannot love and serve the LORD God (Matthew 6:24; James 4:4; 1st John 2:15-17).

Nothing is more likely to ruin your soul than “covetousness, which is idolatry!” Nothing will more effectually keep a person from faith in Christ than “covetousness,which is idolatry” (Luke 18:18-26). Nothing is more likely to turn the hearts of men away from Christ and the gospel than “covetousness,which is idolatry!”

“The care of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word” (Matthew 13:22). May the Spirit of God inscribe these words upon our hearts – “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of things which he possesseth!”

If we would avoid this snare of satan, we must set our affection on things above and get our priorities in order. Seek grace to honor God in the use of those things with which you have been trusted. Use what God has given you for hospitality and the thoughtful care of others. Be generous. Out of our abundance, let us ever minister to those who are in need and generously provide for the preaching of the gospel around the world.

D. Fortner

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