In the study guide “Lord, Change My Attitude,” Pastor James McDonald offers this definition of covetousness:
“Wanting something so much that you lose your satisfaction in God.”
I like that.
I like that because I live it.
Things I want so badly it causes me to lose satisfaction in God:
To have major church growth with only minor complications;
To be 17 again;
To be liked;
To have a good reputation;
To take vacations in warm places with nice pools;
To have a good book going at all times;
To drive a car that’s clean inside and out;
To find five day’s worth of blog material each week.
My best defense in battling covetousness over the last 18 months has been Paul’s compelling declaration in Colossians 3:11: “Christ is all, and is in all.”
So he is.