Topic: Covetousness [Teens Open Heavens 19, April 2018]
Memorise: And He said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. – Luke 12:15
Read: Luke 12:15-21 (KJV)
15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
Bible In One Year: 1 Samuel 27-29, Luke 17:1-19
In the world we live today, focus has been shifted from pursuing righteousness to acquiring wealth. Most people no longer focus on spiritual things which have eternal value, they only pursue physical things that have expiry dates. This pursuit of physical things has given rise to deep covetousness and greed in the heart of Christians. Christians now long to have the things their neighbours have at all cost. As a child of God who is looking forward to the second coming of Jesus Christ, your focus should not be on the things of this earth, but on things of eternal value. Your priority should not be to acquire more and more earthly things, but your priority should be that you are saved, and that you lead as many people as possible to Christ.
Contentment is a virtue that every child of God should possess. Covetousness should be far away and should never be named near a child of God. We should learn to be content and thankful with whatever God has given us. Godliness with contentment is great gain!
Key Point: Things of this world will fade away, but things that are eternal will forever remain.
If you missed yesterday devotional, please click to read “Teen Open Heavens Daily Devotional by Pastor Adeboye’’
1. I am Thine 0 Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith
And be closer drawn to Thee.
Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord
To the cross where Thou hast died;
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.
2. Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord,
By the pow’r of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
And my will be lost in Thine.
3. Oh, the pure delight of a single hour
That before Thy throne I spend,
When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God
I commune as friend with friend!
4. There are depths of love that I cannot know
Till I cross the narrow sea;
There are heights of joy that I may not reach
Till I rest in peace with Thee.
Daily Devotional for Teen’s guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.