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Greedy For More

Greedy For More

31 May 2011

Reading: Proverbs 19-21; Romans 13

Scripture:

Some people are always greedy for more, but the godly love to give! (Proverbs 21:26 NLT)

Ok, you don’t have to read this unless you want to. I’m just warning you in advance.

Recently, a friend and I were talking about the economic downturn. In order to recover from the slow-down and get the powerful engines that drive our economy revved up again, we all must spend more money! Spending is what makes the wheels turn. But if you don’t have the money, and the solution is to spend money, you have to spend money you don’t have! Feel free to stop reading now, because it gets worse!

To do our part to help the economy recover, we’ve got to spend money we don’t have. If we spend money we don’t have, we’ll imprison ourselves with debt. To be willing to do that to ourselves, we’ve got to be driven by dissatisfaction with what we have and the desire for what we don’t have. Yikes!

Don’t run up debts, except for the huge debt of love you owe each other. When you love others, you complete what the law has been after all along. The law code… don’t always be wanting what you don’t have, and any other “don’t” you can think of, finally adds up to this: Love other people as well as you do yourself. (Romans 13:8-9 MSG) Yes, I checked. One of the law codes (The Ten Commandments) says “Don’t always be wanting what you don’t have!”

I know this sounds crazy, but to be a good citizen, I apparently need to go deeply in debt to help make the wheels of industry turn. To be willing to do that, I’ve got to be driven by the desire to acquire things I don’t have (and probably don’t need!). If I’m not careful I could forget that God’s economy is driven by giving generously what I do have, not by wanting stuff I don’t have! Now don’t you wish you’d stopped reading when I told you to?

Prayer:

Father, I need help with this. I want to be a good provider, a generous giver, and a good citizen of my country. But I don’t want to be driven by wanting stuff I don’t have and I don’t want to be imprisoned by debt. Show me how to do it your way. Amen.

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