19 Jun James 1:14; Hebrews 13:18-21
14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.
18 Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a good conscience, desiring to conduct ourselves honorably in all things. 19 And I urge you all the more to do this, so that I may be restored to you the sooner. 20 Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, 21 equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Covetousness is not just desire, it is to desire lustfully what is unlawful, or, desire gone wild. To desire is natural and good when we desire good things, but coveting runs over the rights of others and even our own reason and that is destructive. It is when we must have it regardless of the consequences. This problem affects everyone, inside and outside the church. My question is, “Where is Christ in your covetousness? His sacrifice? His selflessness?” There are Pastors who desire prestige and authority. Elders who fail to submit themselves to a Pastor’s teaching. Church people who will not grow because they will not change. How often do we stunt the growth of the church by our, “out of control” desire to have things that we have no right to?