Words from the Heart for Wednesday April 21st, 2021
You must not covet your neighbor’s house.
Exodus 20:17a (NLT)
Over the last decade, the Canadian real estate market has been one of the hottest real estate markets in the world. Fueled by Canada’s status as an immigration hotspot as well as factors including low unemployment and low interest rates, the Canadian real estate market has appealed to both domestic and international buyers. Canada’s housing market witnessed a record-breaking December in 2020 as home sales reached close to 40 thousand, or over 40% more than the previous record. Home prices across the nation reached an average of $607,280, a 18% increase versus December 2019.
When I was growing up there was a popular saying about the human desire to look at what others have and want it for ourselves – “keeping up with the Joneses.” I don’t hear that saying as much anymore, but the human desire that is behind it is as common as ever. We live in a materialistic world. Every ad we see is designed to make us feel like we are missing something that will make our lives so much better. Entire channels on TV and online are designed to encourage us to have more, to have better, to have something that somebody else has that we don’t. God understands sinful human nature well and so in Exodus 20:17a He says, “You must not covet your neighbor’s house.” There is a reason why the Lord specifically focuses on a house. It is the most expensive single aspect of the cost of living – whether you own or are renting your home. Using our homes, God is laying down a Kingdom of God principle – we are called to keep our focus on the things of God and not on material possessions.
These have been words from the heart.