by Priya Samuel
Being a mom of three boys, I am constantly racing against time!
Whenever my husband reminds me about a task that I need to get done, I usually blurt out, “Where do I have the time for that?”
Most days I wish I had more time. Then I could accomplish this or that!
But time is not my only nemesis. I get 2 mails everyday in my inbox from a coupon website. Undoubtedly, they are great deals I can avail of. But I need to be careful– they provide fertile soil for breeding covetousness for me.
Swivel sweeper! Cordless, light weight! My mind raced, “if only I had that, I could keep it in the kitchen next to the fridge and can immediately reach it and clean that mess in a jiffy’s time with minimal noise, without having to go to the store room, get that heavy vacuum cleaner out, connect it, and make that horrible noise when my little one is sleeping AND I save so much of my time!
My heart cries out: I NEED that!
I justify my heart’s desire: Vacuum cleaners are just not enough for me! Whoever invented these contraptions certainly wasn’t a mother who had better things to do!”
There’s plenty of gadgets out there– time-saving vegetable/fruit cutters and slicers, slow cookers, and digital home chef ovens. They just keep getting faster, quicker, more multifunctional! It’s enough to make this frustrated, envious, time-crunched mom worship at the altar of the god of stuff.
It only took a swivel sweeper to expose my covetous idolatrous heart. I just had to have one so I bought one. And it has let me down several times. The battery failed. It took me longer to clean the brush inside than it would take me to clean out the dirt bag in vacuum cleaner. Man, how I hated cleaning that brush!!
I realized how my idolatrous heart was seeking satisfaction and deliverance from stuff by hoping in them rather than God.
My husband once quoted,
“If you think 24 hours in a day is not enough for you, then you neither understand God’s will for your life nor do you trust in the sovereignty of God.”
This is so true. A few things came to mind as I reflected on this:
- Though I profess to believe that Jesus is sovereign and has sovereignly ordained 24hrs in a day, my life was characterized by unbelief whenever I demand to have more than what he has wisely given.
- Though I profess to believe that God is good, my unbelief rears its ugly head when I lust for things that I do not have and express my discontentment with the things that God has lovingly provided for me.
- Though I profess that there is only one God and that I worship him alone, my life betrays my confession when I crave fulfillment from created things.
Swivel sweepers and digital home chef ovens aren’t the problem. My covetous heart is the problem. When I covet the time that is not mine then I sin against God who gave me the time I have. I need God’s grace!
How about you? Are there areas in your life that you need to battle covetousness with the gospel of grace?
I’m encouraged by the truth in Titus 2:11-14:
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”
The gospel not only saves us but trains us for righteousness!
When I am tempted to covet, I ought to remind myself of the gospel, my greater riches in Christ, and fight the good fight of faith holding on to the promises of our good, faithful, loving , sovereign God. Then I am filled with hope as I look forward to the appearing of the glory of my great God and Savior Jesus Christ – Now that is a worthy pursuit!
ABOUT THE WRITER
Priya is from Hyderabad and is trained in physiotherapy. Her husband Anand is a pastor at United Christian Church of Dubai. They have three boys with soul-searching brown eyes (Rohan, Aryan and Daven). Priya’s morning always starts with a cup of tea with evaporated milk and 5 tsp of sugar. She loves to search the Old Testament Scriptures to see how they point to Jesus.