Kingdom People Network Devotional.
Luke 12:13 And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.
Vs 15a And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness:
The man in our passage was part of the company that followed Jesus. Apparently, he must have been cheated by his brother who kept the portion of their inheritance all to himself.
He thought the master would get him back what was rightfully his, but rather, Jesus warned him of “Covetousness”.
Many times as followers of Christ, we get to discover that God doesn’t answer all our prayers the way we presuppose. That usually bothers us a lot, because in one way or the other, we have been cheated by life and deprived of what we think we should have rightfully earned.
We feel that as long as we are following Christ, He should be able to avenge us of some issues, retrieve our rights, and help us possess our possessions.
We expect Jesus to “fight for us, win our battles, get back certain treasures, and the like”, and these have form a larger percentage of our prayer points.
Of course He is able to, but most times, he wouldn’t. Why? It’s because He wants us to learn to “Let Go”. He’s wants us to learn that life is more than material possession.
The Plague of covetousness is multi-facet. It’s not only when you want something that belongs to another person, it’s also when you hold on too tightly to what rightly belongs to you, your possessions.
In the later passage, Jesus said “A man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possess.”
What Jesus wants to tackle in us is our life being tied to “things”. And that’s why he wouldn’t always give us all we want! He takes us through a process that gradually kills covetousness in us, until we have come to the point of “Wanting nothing” except “What He wants”.
Until we have come to say, “Your will alone be done”. Jesus is able to give us all that we need, and he will. But He’ll first make sure that we are trained and well polished so that those things do not have any grip of our hearts.
The blessing of God is such that He denies us of the things that would end up leading us astray. God wants us to prosper, but not at the detriment of our soul. “For what’s profit awaits a man who sought to gain the whole world but ends up losing his soul?” Matt. 16:26. My Paraphrase
God bless you.
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