Greed. It’s Not Good.

Someone in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” But He said to him, “Man, who appointed Me a judge or arbitrator over you?” Then He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.” And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive. And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”‘ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
Luke‬ ‭12‬:‭13-21‬ NASB

We must beware of every form of greed. Life is not about the things we possess. No matter how much money we have or how many possessions we gather, one day we will die, and those things will have no meaning at all to us. We won’t own them any more. We may die before they even become of any use to us. Instead of storing up treasure for ourselves, let’s be rich, generous toward God.

He should be our focus, not money or things. He is worth more than any earthly treasure. He will take care of us.

We are often too wrapped up in stuff. Life is not about possessions, but about loving God. Storing up money and possessions, worrying about our material security, these things take our focus from Him. They become our treasures when He should be our treasure.

Don’t store up treasures for yourself, but be rich toward God. Give Him everything – your money, your time, your thoughts.

He provides for us. He is worthy of our generous worship. He is to be treasured.

We humans are greedy. We are materialistic. We are unwise in this regard. We just want stuff, and we look for ways to get it. We don’t want to give up the stuff we have for anything.

We need to treasure God.

Only the grace of Christ can change our hearts and minds to focus on things that have value beyond this life rather than things whose only value is material and temporary.

If we took this truth seriously, our homes would look different. Our children would be raised in a different environment. Our faith would be deep enough to trust God to provide for our needs. We would be more generous to those in need.

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