Jesus loves you! This is a true, simple and potentially life-changing statement. Once we accept what that three-word sentence actually means, it can become a steering mechanism for everyday of our lives, pointing us to righteousness, godliness and self-sacrifice. Jesus loves you. Pointed and refreshing, but what does it really mean? Does Jesus’ love for us guide us in our everyday experiences? Yes! Does his love for us mean that he wants the best for us? Of course! Okay, so if he wants the best for us does that refer to comfort and abundance in our lives? Does Jesus’ love for us bring us to better living conditions, more financial stability, a much better present and a brighter future? The answers to these questions will vary wildly depending on whose brand of Christianity you look at and this just confuses the matter. Instead of asking different Christians about the role of comfort and abundance in a Christian’s life, let’s find the answer from Jesus’ own teachings and the Apostle’s own words.
The Ten Commandments are iconic. They represent a distilled view of what God wants the human race to follow after in daily life. They are concise, firm and explicit. Someone once said that God gave them as the Ten Commandments, not the Ten Suggestions. The last of these Commandments is the command to not covet. So, how do we here in the 21st century understand what this really means? After all, isn’t most of our life these days built around the idea of ME, what I want and why I should have it? How does this idea of NOT coveting even stand a chance in our day?