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Every Form of Greed

September 9, 2018

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Every Form of Greed

We all need things  and want things.    It becomes a problem  when we convince ourselves  that our greeds  are really needs.

We are fully capable  of figuring out  all sorts of ways  to justify our greeds.    Popular phrases we might tell ourselves are,  “You deserve it,”  and  “It’s really your right,”   or  “”Everyone else has more  than me.”

We don’t want to see ourselves as greedy,  even though we realize it  deep down inside.     The problem with greed is  that we are centering  on things  that are only passing.     When we die,  we can’t take any of that stuff  with us.     None of that stuff will help us  to gain eternal life.     In Luke 12:15,  Jesus said,

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.

If a person becomes a billionaire,  he doesn’t gain eternal life.      He can’t buy anything  in eternity.     So,  of what value  are his billions of dollars?     We probably haven’t set our goals  that high,  but Jesus warned against  “every form of greed”,  which covers everything  in this world.

Once our eternity begins  for us,  we will realize  just how valuable eternity is.     Instead of letting our greeds  motivate our lives,  we need  to set our priorities straight now.     None  of the goodies  and satisfactions  in this earthly life  are able  to give us real life — eternal life.     Eternal life is the only life  that counts.     Everything else  is only passing.

We need to ask ourselves,  “What does my life consist of?”     If we examine ourselves  and realize  that we’re striving only  for the things  of the world — totally oblivious  to the eternity  that is soon coming — we need  to evaluate the reality  of our situation.     Are we really going  to reach our goals?     For how long  will we be happy  with our goals?     Will we be happy  for all eternity?

The real life  that Jesus was talking about  is an eternity filled  with happiness,  rejoicing,  and praising.    It will be a life  in which there is no more sorrow  or pain,  sadness,  sickness  or sin.    It will be a life  of freedom  and joy  in having fellowship with our Lord and Savior.     It’s worth more than anything  and everything  in this world.

We gain this real life  by putting our faith  in Jesus Christ  as our Savior  from all sin  and trusting Him  to grant our needs — forgetting about our greeds.    In faith,  we remember  that God’s wisdom  and power are almighty.     He is fully capable  of caring  for our every need.

Trusting in the Lord  to care  for our needs,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for all Your blessings  and especially for salvation  in Christ Jesus.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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