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“You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor’s house or land, his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

– Deuteronomy 5:21

Do you realize how important the Ten Commandments are to civilization? In the Ten Commandments, there is emphasis placed on what you must not do and what you must do. Their guidance says: Don’t do this, don’t do that, or go do this, go do that! This goes on until you reach the very last one, and it implies, Don’t think this. Only the 10th commandment applies to thoughts. This commandment instructs us not to covet another’s possessions.

This thought commandment brings to mind “The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard” found in Matthew 20. Let me paraphrase: One day, the landowner of a vineyard woke up and realized he had a lot of work to do that day. In the marketplace, at 6:00 am, he found some day laborers. In today’s economy, they made an agreement to be paid $200 for a day’s work. With work falling behind, he finds more workers at 9:00 am, 12 noon, 3:00 pm, and also at 5:00 pm when the day is almost over. He also offered $200 in wages to each of these eager workers.

Friend, when the day was done, the Lord wanted to bless each man from a place of generosity! Having completed their work, they drank water, washed up, and prepared to receive their wages. The foreman began to distribute the wages. But those who worked all day grumbled because their wages were the same as those who worked only the last hour. God never wants you to be jealous or covet the generosity that He has for your coworker or neighbor. You can trust that the resources of God are sufficient to supply all your needs!

Prayer


Father, I want to avoid coveting others’ blessings. I need your guidance.

Reflection


Are you confident that God’s resources will provide all your needs?

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One Response

  1. Absolutely, God has supplied all my needs in the past, and is still suppling my needs now, and I am sure He will continue till the end of my journey. But the parable about the vineyard, I think is when we start our journey with The Lord! No matter what age we start, if we are young, or when we reach our twenties or thirties, or forty, fifty, sixty, or even the last hour we have left to make the best choice of our life? and then go to sleep as we wait to receive our reward? It will be the same as it will be for the first, even to the last, that’s what I think this parable means. May God bless everybody with that choice to make the right one, with a brief glance of that moment, for a one time event, that they will be dressed in white, and not naked when we all stand before God. Amen. Blessings and thanks be to God and all that He has done, for making it possible for everyone/anyone in a world such as this one, while they have never known how to love their neighbor, but only lie, cheat, steal and finally take what they want at any cost, even wage war! Peace is better, because this is not our world. Amen. Amen.

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