Do you live like there is no God?  Think about it.  I’m going to presume that you believe that there is a God, but are you living like He doesn’t exist?  Take for example the parable of the rich man in Luke 12:13-21.  He already had more than enough stuff for himself, but after receiving an  extra bountiful harvest he said to himself, “This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, be merry.”

God had blessed the rich man with much so that he could share what he had with those who had less, but the rich man chose to live as though he was the only one in need of ‘stuff’.  He lived as if God didn’t exist.  He selfishly thought only of himself despite being surrounded by the blessings of God.

Being covetous is like a man on a sinking ship who picks up a set of weights to save himself.  Yes, under different circumstances using the weights will make him stronger, but if he holds on to them for the purpose of saving himself he will quickly sink to the bottom.  God gives us gifts and talents and he expects us to use them to help others, but when we are covetous and refuse to share we will soon sink to the bottom holding onto what used in a different way could have been a very useful thing.