KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 20:33. I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel.
Apostle Paul tells us in our key scripture that he has coveted no man’s apparel. An apparel is a garment or dress. Well it could also go for any other possession of others. Paul says over here that I have not set my heart upon anyone’s possession.
This is a very important stands of a godly leader or shepherd. There is always a temptation that since you are the over seer, then you automatically owe them and everything they have. Such a thinking is devilish. There might be instances where certain pastors or prophets might have taken advantage of people. Some use all kinds of crafty means to take advantage of other’s money, cars or even their homes. King Ahab coveted for Naboth vineyard and when he could not get it from him, his wife Jezebel scandalized him (Naboth) and so, was slayed. Ahab took this vineyard to satisfy his desire. It would be very strange for any servant of God to go that way.
Please dear child of God and minister of the flock of God, the congregation is not yours. They are not your property. They are God’s flock and His own possession. He purchased them with His own blood. He had to forfeit His throne, became a man and undergo so much torturing. He became sin and for the first time had to be separated from His father. He did all these so He could redeem them from hell and Satan’s grip. He has identified Himself with the sheep. If you as a shepherd is intolerant and manipulate them, you are directly maltreating the Lord Jesus himself. Such an act would call for an outright anger and retribution against you. Covetousness is sin. It is a faithless act. It is a clear sign that you do not trust that God can give you that thing you are coveting after.
What is the answer for covetousness? Heb 13:5 &6 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Note, God’s presence is your greatest asset and that can deliver whatever you need if you would believe him
The Lord is my portion. He is ever present with me, and I am content with what I have. All things are mine and by faith in Him every need is met in Jesus name.
Ex 20:17. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’ s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’ s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’ s.
Ps 119:36. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.