Wednesday, April 22nd
"Keep your eyes open and guard against every sort of covetousness" (Luke 12:15)
Covetousness is more than simply the desire to have money or certain things, which could have their proper use and purpose. It is the "inordinate desire for wealth or possessions or for another's possessions," according to one dictionary. It can involve the insatiable, greedy urge to have things -perhaps those belonging to someone else- simply for the sake of having them, without regard for one's own needs or the effect on others. A covetous person allows the object of his desire to dominate his thinking and actions to such an extent that it in essence becomes his god. Recall that the apostle Paul equates a greedy person with an idolater, who has no share in God's Kingdom. (Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5) Interestingly, Jesus warned against "every sort of covetousness." Why? Because covetousness comes in many forms.
(Watchtower issue: 08/01/07, 1:7-9)