Jesus said, “Guard yourselves and keep free from all covetousness; the immoderate desire for wealth, the greedy longing to have more; for a man’s life does not consist and is not derived from possessing overflowing abundance or that which is over and above his needs” (amplified translation). It is interesting that many who call themselves Christian, academically and wholeheartedly agree with this warning that Jesus gave but at the same time continue to strive for abundance as if it simply doesn’t apply to them. The fact is that MAN LIVES IN THE THINGS HE POSSESSES and that blind mindset keeps him from knowing truth, receiving spiritual direction, and experiencing the peace, rest and purpose that comes with knowing and obeying the Lord. Fifty years ago A. W. Tozer wrote on the ‘blessedness of possessing nothing’ as he explained that those THINGS are what get in the way of our relationship with with the Lord.

This is not a very difficult spiritual principle to understand but it does seem to be extremely difficult for man to embrace and live. And yet it is the very thing that makes prayer such a burden and a struggle for him to spend time at; it’s the reason he finds it difficult to see God working in his life and and the reason he feels his prayers (those that he does offer) are not answered. In short it marks the downfall and shortcoming of our relationship with the Lord.

It is important that every sincere Christian face up to this issue of covetousness in his own life in order to deepen his relationship with the Lord unless, of course, he wants to remain nominal and lukewarm by seeking the THINGS he desires. As we ask the Lord to “search our hearts to see if there be any wicked way in us” we will find that He has different direction for each. However, all who truly want HIM will find rest as they embrace what the Lord has for them. The time spent alone with Him will become more precious, our prayer life more active and our witness more obvious.

Will you come, will you come, with your poor broken heart,
Burdened and sin oppressed?
Lay it down at the feet of your Saviour and Lord,
Jesus will give you rest… (Jesus Will Give You Rest)