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Don't Be Greedy

Don't Be Greedy

29 September 2011

Reading: Zechariah 4-6; Luke 12

Scripture:

15 Then he said, “Beware! Don’t be greedy for what you don’t have. Real life is not measured by how much you own.” 30 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. 31 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. (Luke 12:15, 30-31 NLT)

It’s a tough season for the global economy, and that affects us all. To keep the economic engines running and the economic wheels turning, people have to buy more stuff, even if they don’t need it. This keeps the manufacturers producing stuff for people to buy, which keeps people employed to make the things the manufacturers sell, which puts money in the hands of consumers so we can “consume” more stuff! There are strong and deeply entrenched opinions on whether the solution is to put more money in the hands of the consumer or to put more money in the hands of the producer to keep it rolling.

If consumers don’t have money and keep spending, they incur debt. If government doesn’t have money and keeps spending, it incurs debt. And eventually, debt has to be repaid.

Jean and I had to decide many years ago to put our life on a no-debt, cash-only basis. That was the only way we could move overseas as missionaries and depend on God for our daily provision. That meant we had to say “no” to a lot of things we’d like to have and do without things most of our peers took for granted.

Right now, money and material matters are dominating the thoughts of a lot of God’s people. I wonder how much “Kingdom of God” stuff isn’t getting done simply because people’s thoughts are consumed by the “desire to acquire” and by financial worries and pressures? What can you and I do to avoid being caught in the “greed trap?”

Prayer:

Father, Thanks for the gracious reminder that if I’ll take care of your stuff, you’ll take care of my stuff. Help me not to get off track or be distracted when I see people being rewarded for greed and irresponsibility or scheming to feather their own nests in difficult times. Help me keep focused on your purpose for my life and your lordship over my life. I know that my real life is not measured by how much I own. Amen.

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