The Jewish leaders were envious of Jesus, and it drove them to murder. Even Pilate could tell what they were doing. Mark 15:10 says, “He perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up.” If we want to avoid doing things we will later regret, we need to guard ourselves from the danger of envy.
The advertisements we are bombarded with make us want the newest and the best, and we can order it in seconds. The devil works overtime in getting our attention, and this envy or coveting is a biggie he draws us to. Maybe that is why we have two commandments on it.
Do you covet a person or an item and have a lust for it or an evil desire to get it? God, not the world, says this is indeed a sin and deserves condemnation. Luther’s Small Catechism teaches that God requires our hearts to be filled with holy desires only. Such holy desire will move us to help others and be of service to others.
So about this time we all are saying, I know that, and I try to be a good person, and I see my life is overflowing with blessing. I want to do more, but I constantly get these negative distractions thrown in front of me. Maybe my heart will always have envy, and this envy thing is something I can’t seem to control, so what do I do?
Ok, let’s take a deep breath and find a quiet place. We are God’s children and He loves us unconditionally. He molds us daily, guiding us through the good and bad times to grow our faith. We have succumbed to our envious eyes, but that was yesterday. Today is a clean slate to help and serve others. Tomorrow, with God’s help, we will be better yet.
Heavenly Father, help us to walk away from envious distractions. Turn us towards serving others and fill our hearts with only holy desires. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Contributed by Gary Moss