Luke 12:15 “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”
This Christmas season as we focus on Jesus Christ and His amazing gift of laying aside His glory and coming to this earth in human form (the Incarnation) in order to die on the cross to pay our sin debt and rose from the dead that we might have the forgiveness of sins and the hope of eternal life, let us “take heed.”
Take heed that our love of giving to others (which is not necessarily a bad thing) does not consume us and cause us to overspend and put ourselves into debt.
Take heed that we do not indulge our children/grandchildren/great-grandchildren with all their desires which once fulfilled do not truly satisfy anyway. Ephesians 2:3 “fulfilling the desire of the flesh.”
Take heed that we realize that the self-indulgent desire for money, only results in discontentment which is sin.
Take heed that the treasure of our heart is not with material things. Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Luke 12:34
Take heed that the sparkles and shiny lights do not make us discontent with what we have. Hebrews 13:5 “Be content with such things as ye have.”
Take heed to remember that covetousness is idolatry. I John 5:21 “keep yourselves from idols.” Colossians 3:5 “covetousness, which is idolatry.”
Take heed that when Christmas is over, our focus should still be on Christ and “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”
The Better Way: Let Us Be Very Careful That We Take Heed