The Sin of Selfishness and Greed
Our society wants us to believe that happiness and contentment are within our reach if we just acquire a few more things. Advertisements are geared to make us feel discontent so that we will buy more things to make us happy. Greed will not allow contentment, because it always urges us to acquire more. No matter how hard we try, we cannot be satisfied by worldly things. The love of money and the things money can buy can potentially possess a person’s life like no other emotion can. A person can spend a lifetime chasing prosperity that, when found, often destroys him as we learn through the Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:13-21): Because of the success the farmer had, he was going to tear down his barns to build bigger ones. Jesus called him a “fool” because he did nothing to prepare for his eternal life. He excluded God, and he selfishly ignored his neighbors. The rich man thought that the riches were actually his riches, when, in fact, they were on loan to him from God. He denied God’s authority; therefore, “God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God” (verses 20-21).
May God help us all live lives that are detached from material things.
Prayer: Dear Lord, forgive me when I become greedy. Help me to be more content. Let me find my satisfaction and joy in You. Amen.
Blessings on your stewardship journey!