Summary: A sermon that proposes a route in life that makes coveting an absurd impossibility.
Thou shalt not covet!
Many of the ten commandments tell us not to do something like thou shalt not murder we got that cleared up in our lives or we wouldn’t be here. We would be be in prison.
But the ten commandment refers to what is going on in your mind and your heart.
Guard your heart says the Bible for it is a well spring of life.
I mean who hasn’t wanted something that someone else has got?
I remember having a little red sports car when I was 18 – I thought it was really cool until someone pulled alongside me in a Morgan plus 4 – I kind of felt I had a lego car compared to that!!!!
People often envy and want other peoples stuff. Often their own gear isn’t good enough for them and they don’t only want someone elses car house or whatever but they want to steal someone elses girlfriend or wife. David did that and he soon found himself a murderer in the coverup. Coveting is a sin and it can be so all absorbing that it can rob you of life – the life that Jesus talks about when he talks of life – Life in all it’s fullness.
This sermon today is more about How not to covet rather than Do not covet.
The opposite of coveting is, of course, contentment – a virtue which the apostle Paul frequently speaks about. While the 10th commandment taught him that he was a sinner (Romans 7:7 (quickview) ), the many trials he endured as Christ’s bond-servant taught him to be content in all circumstances (2 Corinthians 12:10 (quickview) ). Paul teaches us that we are to be satisfied when we simply have “food and clothing” (1 Timothy 6:6-8 (quickview) ), though he himself learned to be at rest even when those items were lacking. “In whatever situation,” Paul experienced true contentment because he had confidence in a sovereign and loving God who promised to supply all his needs (Philippians 4:11 (quickview) , 19).
Because coveting is such a powerful thing I think we need powerful antidotes to coveting so that we can live victorious lives.
Contentment is the ultimate antidote to coveting and I believe that contentment is centered on our relatyionship in Christ.
The three keys to contentment in Christ are these.
Discover the work of the cross in you life.
Live in relationship to Jesus
Understand that your life is given over completely to Him.
Paul Azinger was a great golfer but After winning the 1993 PGA Championship, Paul Azinger felt he had overcome an incredible challenge. But when the doctors found cancer in his shoulder bone, his greatest fight was just beginning.
”, he wrote about his fight with cancer: “A genuine feeling of fear came over me. I could die of cancer. Then another reality hit me even harder. I’m going to die eventually anyway, whether from cancer or something else. It’s just a question of when. Everything I had accomplished in golf became meaningless to me. All I wanted to do was live.”
Then he remembered something that Larry Moody, who taught a Bible study on the Tour, had said to him. “Zinger, we’re not in the land of the living going to the land of the dying. We’re in the land of the dying trying to get to the land of the living.”