I’m sure you have heard the old adage, “the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence?” If we were honest, I’m sure we have all wished we had something just like what someone else had. Maybe we would like to go on a cruise like our friend was able to do. Maybe we want to own a big house like one of our relatives. If you own a small business, maybe you keep looking at those businesses that are more successful. Do you look at your spouse, wishing yours was more like your best friend’s . . . hmm? What about a ministry? Do you look at those “Big” ministries wishing you could have that kind of following? Are you a writer or an artist, and can’t find the success like some of those other ones?
Look, there is nothing wrong with a little daydreaming once in awhile (except about someone else’s spouse), but we always need to bring our minds back to being thankful for what we have. God tells us in His Word not to covet what someone else has:
- “Don’t treasure anything that belongs to someone else. Don’t want anyone’s house, wife or husband, slaves, oxen, donkeys or anything else.” (Exodus 20:17)
Let’s get personal. If you think of everything available to you as a believer, there certainly is no need for you to covet what someone else has. You are unique in our Savior’s eyes and he has gifted you to be who and what you are. Just read the first three chapters of Ephesians and you will see that you have enough blessings to last a lifetime.
- “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ” (Ephesians 1:3).
Take time and enjoy all the many blessings God has given you and live each day to the fullest, enjoying who you are, where you are and what you have. Forget about all the earthly blessings, they are temporary rewards anyway. As Jim Elliot so wisely said, “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.”
Now, one of the blessings we have is God’s plan of salvation for each of us. That alone is enough to do a “happy dance” over.
- “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved” (Romans 10:9-10).
You have the promise of eternal life.
- “Everyone who believes in him will have eternal life. For God loved the world so much [and that includes you] that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:15-16).
You have been chosen to be one of God’s children.
- “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children” (Romans 8:16).
- “Now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is (I John 3:2).
You have been made acceptable in the beloved.
- “Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son” (Ephesians 1:4-6).
You have all the rights of being in Yehoveh’s presence because of His plan of salvation.
- “Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most” (Hebrews 4:16).
- “God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are” (Romans 3:21-23)
You are righteous! It’s not what you will be, it is what you are! How about that for something to covet!? Proverbs has a lot to say about the righteous:
- “Riches provide no security, but righteousness delivers from death.” (Proverbs 11:4).
- “The wicked are overthrown, but the house of the uncompromisingly righteous shall stand.” (Proverbs 12:7).
I’ll take righteousness over riches any day, with a promise like that.
Love what you have! You have such wonderful promises of God and the purpose of God’s promises . . . is their fulfillment. They reveal what God is so eager to do for you.
- “Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely and prosper.” (Psalm 37:3)
- “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” (Psalm 37:25).
You don’t need to be concerned about what others have. You just love what you have – God’s love and blessings, and His promise to take care of you. What more do you need? Love what you have and don’t worry about tomorrow. God will be there to fulfill every one of His promises. Stay thankful! Amen and amen!!
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