To Covet What You Do Not Have

10“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.” – Exodus 20:17

The last of the Ten Commandments. The one that is often thought of maybe due to the fact that it has become common in our culture to covet our neighbor’s wife and attempt to take what belongs to someone else. Plus, we don’t need Homearama to yearn for the house that your neighbor may have that is much bigger and nicer than yours. We probably also don’t hear many stories or think about coveting someone’s ox or donkey (livestock) or servants for that matter but when I ponder on the latter part of the commandment I think of many things.

To covet is a powerful thought and one that you don’t realize may have ahold of you and driving your decisions and desires in life. It can come in the simplest form…

Where and how may vacations your neighbor goes on.

What car your neighbor is driving.

What career or privately owned business your neighbor has or pursuing.

What and how well their kids are doing.

The physical appearance of your neighbor and what clothes they wear.

The list could go on and on and we need to be cautious and examine deep inside to make sure that our motives for ourselves and family are driven to glorify God and not us. It is too easy to make something an idol and to become driven to worship that idol at all costs. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it.  1 Timothy 6:7 

With media inputs from television and social networking sites such as Facebook, we have so many more neighbors to watch resulting in more pressure to be worldly and achieve more. We need to begin by not worrying what others possess and to covet God’s love and the relationship that He is eager for us to have with Him.

That we can take with us.


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  1. #1 by juliesuman on March 29, 2013 - 6:28 pm

    Awesome, powerful thoughts and words! I love your heart for God!


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