Today I want to talk about a tough subject, one most of us would rather ignore – greed. It is that gimmee, gimmee, gimmee, attitude that often eats away at our hearts and souls leaving us pitifully useless for our Lord’s use. When we allow greed to creep into our lives, consuming us slowly we are walking a treacherous path that only leads to one place, and that is someplace you really don’t want to go. Let’s just look at what scripture has to say about that wicked vice, greed.
Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied; and the eyes of man are never satisfied. Proverbs 27:20
Proverbs is a great starting point as we see that Sheol (death) in some translations and Abaddon (hell in some translations) are never full, likewise neither are the eyes of men. Men are prone to want all they see, whether it is something they need or are entitled to or not. When we look at the 10 Commandments (the Perfect 10) we see that his is what the commandment about coveting and adultery are all about. For instance let’s consider this additional passage in Proverbs.
The horseleach hath two daughters, Crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four that say not, Enough: The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not satisfied with water; and the fire that saith not, Enough.
Again we see that greed is a very destructive force, likened here to the grave (death yet again) and fire (which is found in the lake where all not covered by the blood of Christ will end up in that burning lake on the day of judgement) are never satisfied, they always cry give, give, more, more. I want it all. It often reminds me of a petulant child who is crying for the toy his playmate has even though he can’t possibly play with another toy. Or the story of the rich man and Lazarus from the Gospels. If you recall greed did not work out well at all for the rich man. Let’s just reread it again and really ponder it in preparation for my post tomorrow on the very parable.
Now there was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, faring sumptuously every day: and a certain beggar named Lazarus was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table; yea, even the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and that he was carried away by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: and the rich man also died, and was buried. And in Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things: but now here he is comforted, and thou art in anguish. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, that they which would pass from hence to you may not be able, and that none may cross over from thence to us. And he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house; for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. But Abraham saith, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one go to them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, if one rise from the dead. Luke 16:19-31
Jesus was very clear on where greed will get us. The lake of fire. I for one do not want to go there. But it also stands to reason that not only is being greedy for material wealth but we are also being greedy when we reject our Lord and Savior because we are saying that we would rather wallow in our sin and so called freedom than live our lives for someone other than ourselves. Even though that someone is the one who created us, who loves us and is most deserving of our love and worship. Money, fame, belongings, wealth, self are not. Think on this brethern and we will pick up more on this subject tomorrow.
As always beloved brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus may God the Father bless and keep you.