Coveting is an issue as old as Adam and Eve. They wanted what they weren’t supposed to have.
Coveting means “to be consumed with desire for, to yearn or hunger for, to have one’s heart set on.”
It’s no different today… I want, and I want, and I want some more.
Jesus puts it like this in Matthew 6:21: *“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” *
What’s the end game? There’s a never-ending desire for more, because, well… there’s always the lure for more, right?! It’s the sin in who we are.
Does this mean we’re doomed? Absolutely not.
Ultimately, the goal of every Christian should be to live a Christ-centered life and pursue things that glorify God and bring us (and others) closer to Jesus. Starting with these two questions is fundamental to approaching our pursuits:
They can be a lifesaver—and a critical forcing function in helping you avoid the “other side of the coin.” On the one side, goals aligned to God’s will and His Spirit are rooted in surrender, humility and a focus on eternal things. On the other side, goals aligned to MY will are generally rooted in things of the flesh, like pride and greed, and a focus on earthly outcomes. If I’m not careful, what starts as a healthy dream can quickly become an unhealthy pursuit of things God doesn’t intend for me to have.
But there is an antidote to coveting that can keep us on track. We call it the 5 Pillars of Financial Discipleship.
Similar to Paul teaching us to “put on the full armor of God” in Ephesians 6, five areas can set you free from the bondage of coveting, and help you find contentment in the true riches—growing in the attitudes, behaviors, goals and outcomes that align to Christ and His kingdom: