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If It Was Not for Greed

Thomas has travelled the world and seen and met with many people of various backgrounds. His motto is, "Travel is the best teacher".

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The dictionary definition states that greed is: intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food.

Biblically, the definition is pretty much the same

If it wasn't for greed we would not have starvation

If it wasn't for greed we wouldn't have homelessness

If it wasn't for greed we would have cures to deadly diseases and infections

If it wasn't for greed we wouldn't have wars

If it wasn't for greed we would have clean technology

If it wasn't for greed we would have leaders in government who put others before themselves

If it wasn't for greed we would have business leaders paying liveable wages to their employees

If it wasnt for greed…

Greed makes one self focused, it feeds the person's desire for self gratification, it feeds their egos and makes one uncaring. Greed turns a blind eye to the suffering of others.

Greedy people will do whatever they need to do to get what they want. No sin is too great. Nothing is ever enough. Greed is like a drug and the greedy person is always looking for their next fix.

In 1 Timothy 6:10 it says, "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs".

Money and "things" in themselves are not bad. It is the desire to want "stuff" that can be bad. When our desire for money and for things overrides our self control and takes over, that is bad. Also when our thirst for money and stuff drives us more than our compassion for the needy, that too is bad.

It is also not good when we have more than we need and we turn a blind eye to the suffering of others. All those examples can easily fall under the heading of Greed.

How do we find balance in our lives between possessions and compassion?

We must take our focus off the world and the things within it and put our focus on Christ. When we realise that He is all we need, then greed and worldly wants will melt away and our heart will become aligned with Jesus' heart.

When we look around at those who strive for an over abundance of worldy possessions, we can see quite easily their lust for more. There are many very wealthy people in this world, and many of them continue to thirst for more stuff and money and they will do whatever they can to get more, and at the same time they are blind to the suffering of their neighbors.

In Proverbs 28:25 it says "A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched". This is very true.

Our greed not only destroys those around us, it destroys us.

This verse puts it all into context. 1 Timothy 6:9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

We must be aware of greed and its affect or even hold on our lives. Greed itself is bad, but greed also has other control over the greedy. A greedy person will commit other sins such as lieing, stealing, manipulation etc. Greed turns money and stuff into our gods and takes our focus off of the one true God. A greedy person like a selfish person does not have control over their life, stuff and money has control and it drags a person into a pit of destruction.

Our life here on earth is not to gain worldly possessions. We are to do the will of our Father God. We are to help the ones in need, to preach the Word of God...to do and to live as Jesus did.

Our Lord will be with us always and He will provide for our needs.

The next verses are a warning to us. We are always to be alert and to be aware of our self and aware of the pull of the enemy and worldly things. We are also promised that God will provide all our needs, so we need not worry about not having what we need.

Luke 12:15 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.”

Hebrews 13:5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Greed will make you a slave to "stuff", money and other possessions will be your masters, it will take control of your life.

The next verse is very clear about the love of money. Make your decision to follow Christ, not money. Stand firm on the word of God and His promises.

Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Ecclesiastes 5:10 He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.

Proverbs 11:24 One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.

1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.

Be a giver

We are to be givers, not takers.

Jesus gave everything to us and never took anything. We ought to be like Jesus, with a compassionate giving heart. Be a cheerful giver.

When we give to those in need and also when we give back to the Lord, we are doing as we ought to do and it helps others. When we hoard what we have, we don't help anyone, not even ourselves. We can not take anything with us.

Proverbs 19:17 Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.

2 Corinthians 9:7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

Proverbs 11:24-25 One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.

If you were in need, would you not hope for help? Why would you not help someone in need? Can you look at suffering and ignore it? How would you feel if you were in the place where you were in need and people just walked on by without any care?

Matthew 7:12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Mark 12:41-44 And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

The Lord has given to you all that you have, so you ought to give to others. Show compassion, be a giver, not a taker

Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay.

Numbers 6:24-26 24 The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: 25 The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:

26 The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

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