Spirit & Life Devotional
Saturday, November 29
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
BEWARE OF COVETOUSNESS
Luke 12:15 NKJV “And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
According to God’s Word Translation, Jesus told the people, “Be careful to guard yourselves from every kind of greed. Life is not about having a lot of material possessions.”
But many of us today seem to think otherwise. We are assessing ourselves based on the amount of things we possess, so we have all kinds of lists, richest men in the world, richest men in the church, and so on and so forth, and we tend to celebrate and honour people for the things they possess. On the other hand, those who do not have these things are now sad, unfulfilled, angry with themselves and with God and are judging themselves wrongly, thinking that they have failed.
God’s judgment will not be based on how wealthy or poor we were in the world, as a matter of fact, it wouldn’t even be discussed in heaven! Wealth is good and prosperity is a blessing, but you can be happy, fulfilled and very successful without them. Beware of greed! Don’t get mad because of material things, they are not what life is about. 1 Timothy 6:6-8 says, “Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.”