The Tenth Commandment
Why do we covet? We covet because we are not content. It’s as simple as that. Few people know real contentment. Fortunately for us, the apostle Paul reveals the secret of contentment in Philippians 4:11-12
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.
Paul’s secret is the sufficiency of Christ. That should come as no great surprise to us as it connects us back to the very first commandment: You shall have no other gods before me. God demands that we put Him first because it is the only we will enjoy what we were created to enjoy. Contentment is the fruit of that. Covetousness is the fruit of failing to put God first; of failing to know that God is sufficient. When we say that God is sufficient we’re not talking about a one-dimensional sufficiency. We’re not talking about a health sufficiency, whether it be financial, physical, or emotional – we’re talking about heart sufficiency.