Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
"Keep your eyes open and guard against every sort of covetousness, because even when a person has an abundance his life does not result from the things he possesses." (Luke 12:15)
How fitting that Jesus prefaced the above warning against covetousness with the words "keep your eyes open"! Why? Because it is so easy for people to see that someone else is being greedy or covetous, but it is rare that they will acknowledge that they themselves are guilty of it. Yet, the apostle Paul points out that "the love of money is a root of all sorts of injurious things." (1 Timothy 6:9, 10) The disciple James explains that wrong desire, "when it has become fertile, gives birth to sin." (James 1:15) In line with Jesus' admonition, we should 'keep our eyes open,' not to observe others to see if they fit the description, but to examine ourselves to see what we have set our hearts on, so as to guard against every sort of covetousness."
(Watchtower issue: 08/01/07, 1:10)
*I love how Jesus always knew just how to cut thru to the heart of the issue instead of focusing on minor "he said, she said" details, about who was to blame or what caused the situation in the first place. (With the exception of the hypocritical religious leaders who he verbally reprimanded in no uncertain terms in this regard), you never see him pointing the finger or putting a guilt trip on his listeners, -even those who he obviously knew were guilty of practicing the very things he was talking about. He was well aware of all the tax collectors, & greedy extortionists among the crowd, but he didn't single anyone out like that. He simply identified the problem, gave them 'food for thought' on why it was wrong, and then explained what they should do to correct it and move on. -Very effective. Because when you can sense that a person sincerely cares about you, and has your best interest at heart, it MOVES YOU to WANT to change, doesn't it? =)