In college I worked as a door-man at the rather prestigious 800 N. Michigan Residences. My first month on the job I helped the couple who owned the penthouse out of their stretched Mercedes after they’d spent a month Caribbean.  He was a nice guy.  I went back to the front desk and looked up his salary.  He made 900 million dollars that year. That’s not a typo. Thats the entire net worth of Michael Jorden… a year.  In contrast, I made $13/hr and it was the best job I’d had to date. From that moment on; there was no tip the guy could have given me that would have been enough.  You just slipped me a 5?  Really?  For the guy that makes sure your Ferrari’s don’t get stolen?  I was jealous.  Its easy in our celebrity culture where extravagance is highlighted to get that way.  When the only thing we see on facebook is that couple who just went to Malibu (never mind the other 736 friends that didn’t..) its easy to get discontent.  The bottom line is that Godliness with contentment is great gain… the rest is as C.S. Lewis would say a “mis-placed love”Q113. What is God’s will for us in the tenth commandment?

A. That not even the slightest thought or desire contrary to any one of God’s commandments should ever arise in my heart. Rather, with all my heart I should always hate sin and take pleasure in whatever is right.1

1 Ps. 19:7-14; 139:23, 24; Rom. 7:7, 8.


Q114. But can those converted to God obey these commandments perfectly?

A. No. In this life even the holiest have only a small beginning of this obedience.1 Nevertheless, with all seriousness of purpose, they do begin to live according to all, not only some, of God’s commandments.2

1 Eccles. 7:20; Rom. 7:14, 15; 1 Cor. 13:9; 1 John 1:8-10.

2 Ps. 1:1, 2; Rom. 7:22-25; Phil. 3:12-16.


Q115. No one in this life can obey the Ten Commandments perfectly: why then does God want them preached so pointedly?

A. First, so that the longer we live the more we may come to know our sinfulness and the more eagerly look to Christ for forgiveness of sins and righteousness.1 Second, so that, while praying to God for the grace of the Holy Spirit, we may never stop striving to be renewed more and more after God’s image, until after this life we reach our goal:


1 Ps. 32:5; Rom. 3:19-26; 7:7, 24, 25; 1 John 1:9.

2 1 Cor. 9:24; Phil. 3:12-14; 1 John 3:1-3.