Greed Devotional: Friday, March 4

Begin with prayer.

Read Luke 12:13-21: Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

Again, there is nothing wrong with having money or even “things,” but do we love “stuff” more than we love God that is question we should constantly be asking ourselves.  Jesus is clear, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”  Is your life marked only by what you have?

Our culture is all about buying more and gaining more “stuff,” how do you respond to those constant pressures?  Do you constantly give in to them or are you fighting them off?

Write down a few thoughts regarding Jesus words here, “But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’  So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” 

Pray that you will be rich toward God.