Today, we dive in to discuss the 10th and final Commandment, driven by Mosaic Lead Pastor Andrew Bach. The topic is envy – a sin deeply engrained into our society. We walk away with greater knowledge about the sin of envy, as well as practicals for living freely as Jesus has intended for us.
Firstly, why did God give us laws? We question laws because they feel restraining, restricting, and limiting. However, God’s laws are different, for He gave them to us because He intends the best for us. He wants us to experience life in abundance, and His law is the key to life.
Deuteronomy 5:33: “You shall walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you shall possess.”
The Tenth Commandment states: Do not envy. Envy – also known as covetousness – means to yearn possession of something that belongs to someone else.
Exodus 20:17: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
Here’s what we know about envy:
- It distorts friendships.
- An important part of relating through one another is celebration, and if we are imprisoned by envy, it is impossible to celebrate with someone else.
- It usurps God’s purposes for your life.
- We get stuck on the path God has for us, frozen in time. It leads us to comparison, and that is never God’s best for us.
- It gives us motive to break more of God’s laws (especially those that relate to loving others).
- It leads us to: lie, steal, commit adultery, murder (perhaps of the heart), and dishonor our parents.
- James 3:16: “For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.”
- God calls us to be unified, and envy prompts us to commit sin against our community.
- It leads only to one of two things: disappointment or pride (neither of which are of God).
John 10:10: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
Envy does not lead us to have what we think we want (or what the world tells us we should want). Only Jesus brings life, and He brings it abundantly and for our best.
This was the final sermon of walking through God’s Laws. Next week, we are starting a new series. Don’t miss out!