The ten commandments… not the ten suggestions or the list of ten you should try these. Often Christians today forget these rules or they go too far the other way and only rely on the rules rather than grace. I am one of the people who generally forget the ten commands. I could try and name a few and would probably get close but that’s only because of going to church and Bible college not because I think about them daily. But I did recently see a photo of the list and one of the commands caught my eye.
The full list come from Exodus 20:1-17 or in Deuteronomy 5:4-21. The one that caught my eye was thou shall not covet. In the Bible this is specified to a house, a neighbor’s wife, or animal. It basically refers to another person’s property. Keep in mind I’m not saying someone’s wife is property just that in a historical context that is the connotation.
In our lives it is easy to covet. We unlock our phones, open Instagram, and we are bombarded with photos of people on vacation, driving fancy cars, having nicer figures, and overall seem to be living an extravagant life. It becomes so easy, and tempting, to see someone living in a nice house or owning the cutest cat and want that life. That is coveting. When we start to compare our lives and want the life of someone else we broke a commandment.
The reason this specific command stuck out to me was because of my increased desire of minimalism. I want to only own the things I need. I want to be mindful of purchases, space, and what brands I choose to wear. Minimalism is a process and I am nowhere close to a full on minimalist but it is something I am working towards. I want to be content in the things I own, buy only what I need, and seek to live a life of worth not one of show.
I see the command of not coveting, and I read Jesus words about wealth such as, “sell all you have, give it to the poor, and come follow me.” In America we have a great challenge to overcome. Our wealth is hindering us from being true disciples and it is time to stop coveting. It’s time to find our worth in the one who gives worth and not in the possessions we, or others, have.
Maybe that requires you to delete social media, maybe it means unfollowing a lot of accounts, or maybe it means getting rid of possessions. You are the one in control of who you follow, will it be the “social media influencers” or will your influence be Jesus?
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