- Joe Norton
“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
In this last chapter of Hebrews, the writer gives a catalog of appropriate and inappropriate behaviors and attitudes for those who are followers of Jesus. This verse deals with contentment.
“Covetousness” means “loving money” or “being greedy” of the material blessings of others. Rather loving money and craving to have what others have, Christians should look internally and be content with the material blessings they have. This verse doesn’t condemn initiative, but it condemns envy because of the blessings of others.
God’s people are to be satisfied and have an inner peace with their station in life because material blessings are not priorities—rather it is the spiritual blessings that bring contentment and provide a lasting peace.