Ezekiel 14:3, “Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts”
Luke 12:15, “And He said to them, ‘Take heed and beware of covetousness’”
My beloved, the word covetousness used by Jesus in Luke 12:15 refers to a greedy desire to have more and more material things. Sadly to say it’s a term that appropriately describes today’s society, whether we are young or old. This is a day of stockpiling and gathering as much as money can buy and our culture seems to encourage this.
As early as the 1990’s children are indoctrinated to materialism. A Midwestern bank then issued credit cards to 12-year olds. This increases the buying power of the young, who are prone to make purchases based on peer pressure. The coming generation (which is here today) are highly skilled in “keeping up with the Joneses.”
This materialistic philosophy has so dominated our age in the present that it has also influenced the church, as well as the Christian’s lifestyle. Scripture calls this drive to possess more and more things “covetousness, which is idolatry.” Colossians 3:5 states, “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.”
Jesus Christ spoke of this in the book of Luke when He said that “one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses”. My beloved we need to resist the lie of satan that the more we possess the happier and more secure we will be. The remedy is to become “rich toward God” as stated in Jesus parable of the rich fool (Luke 12:13-21).
Food for Thought:
If Jesus Christ were to return today, would you as a born again believer, leave behind more “treasure on earth” than you have waiting for you in heaven?
My beloved, only God can satisfy the deepest needs of our heart and make us truly alive. That’s why we would be wise to heed the loving counsel of the apostle Paul when he said, “My beloved, flee from idolatry (1 Corinthians 10:14).
Let me hold lightly things of this earth;
Transient treasures, what are they worth?
Moths can corrupt them, rust can decay;
All their bright beauty fades in a day – Nicholson
Today’s idols are not what we put on the shelf but what we want for self.