Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” Luke 12:15 NLT
Because our possessions can be a blessing or a snare.
For those who are called by Christ’s name, it is vital we realize nothing belongs to us.
Not even ourselves.
Psalm 100:3 NKJV — Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Thus, whatever we have or do not have, is not where our trust, our value, or our provision comes from.
For followers of Christ, our security, our identity, our salvation comes from Jesus alone.
John 15:5 KJV — I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
That’s why Jesus taught his disciples not to worry about material possessions.
Matthew 6:31-33 NKJV — “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
The key is trusting God with all and living daily with gratitude.
Instruction on how to do these things are found in God’s Word, which is also where we find the warning to guard against the trap greed
It is a dangerous and slippery slope.
Once the choice is made, although possibly unconsciously, what is solid and secure slides quickly into a never ending burning desire for more.
Jesus’s freedom from sin means we need not live in such captivity.
When we realize sin has tripped us up in any area, Jesus offers forgiveness and encouragement to repent and turn away from this self destruction.
The choice lies with us.
Do we repent and turn away from sin or do make excuses to try and hold on to just enough to get categorized as “fence sitters”?
Jesus’s words make it obvious what is truly valuable.
“Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”
Luke 12:21 NLT
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for salvation. Lord, please help me to guard against greed and the cares of this world. Lord, thank You for the opportunity to learn from Your Word what is of worth. Lord Jesus, thank You so much for salvation and the hope of heaven. Please help me to be a good steward with the stuff You have placed in my care, help me never forget it is Yours, not mine. Lord, please keep me from pride, that I might not sin against You. Lord, please continue to help me to trust You for daily needs and to walk in Your truth with joy. Thank You, Lord for so many opportunities to learn and to grow closer to You. I love You, Jesus. Amen.