15th June 2012

Watching Out For Greed

“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist of the abundance of his possessions.”
Luke 12:15 (NIV UK)

Is the current global financial crisis caused by greed? 

Perhaps you have read articles or listened to radio interviews or watched TV programmes that suggest that greed and the drive for success at all costs have played their part in bringing us to the brink of economic collapse. 

Jesus’ comments above are a prelude to a parable about a man who keeps building up his wealth. It is not wrong to gather riches, but to make it the focus of life above everything and everyone else is a mistake. Today people are greedy for all kinds of things. We are a society of over-indulgence. We also seek position and success. The Christian writer, C S Lewis, warned us, “It is not your business to succeed, but to do right: when you have done so, the rest lies with God”. 

When we are greedy it brings problems upon us and upon those close to us. It can destroy our character and twist our personality. In Proverbs 15:27 we read “a greedy man brings trouble to his family.” 

At the end of the parable Jesus explained that we should not store up prestige, power and riches for ourselves but that rather we should be rich towards God. 

Be rich to God through the Spirit in “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 6:22). 

Let’s do our part in reversing the trend of greed. 

Heavenly Father, thank you that you give us all we need in Christ Jesus. Help us not to be greedy. Help us rather to store spiritual riches towards you.

Study by James Henderson 

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