Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Covet Us

Our eyes must stay fixed on the Lord. It may be tempting to long for the power, prestige, and giftings of another dance ministry. We may be wowed by gorgeous garments, or greatly desire to minister the song that we just witnessed another ministry deliver. If we do not set a guard over our hearts, we can begin to be covetous.

Whenever we feel the pangs of desiring what God has given to someone else, we must immediately cast those thoughts down. If we are not vigilant, these thoughts can creep into our minds and take root before we know it. Keeping ourselves in a posture of prayer and humility will allow the Lord to reveal to us exactly who He created us to be.

When we walk outside of our calling, we may find ourselves investing in valueless activities (and wasting precious time). It is not to God's glory to sweat and cry over a work that He has not ordained. One way to keep covetousness in order is to proactively support the efforts of other ministries without ulterior motives. The only things that we should covet according to the Word are spiritual gifts that would build the Kingdom, not for our sakes, but for the Lord's. Maintaining an attitude of servanthood will quell the natural inclination for competition and diminish covetous actions in our own lives.

Exodus 18:21 (NKJV)
Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.

Psalm 119:36 (NKJV)
Incline my heart to Your testimonies, and not to covetousness.

Acts 20:33 (NKJV)
I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel.

1 Corinthians 12:30-31 (KJV)
Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best gifts: And yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV)
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

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