“And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” ~ Luke 12:15 KJV
“Then He said to them, “Watch out and guard yourselves against every form of greed; for not even when one has an overflowing abundance does his life consist of nor is it derived from his possessions.” ~ Luke 12:15 AMP
- Covetousness – inordinately or wrongly desirous of wealth or possessions;
- Greed – excessive or rapacious desire, especially for wealth or possessions.
- Greedy – having or showing an intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth or power.
- Rapacious – predatory; given to seizing for plunder or the satisfaction of greed.
Greed is a very deceiving force. It gets us to think that we’ll be happy if we get that one more thing. Then we get it and what? It shows us something else that we “need” and that we’d be happier if we had it. Greed never stops showing us that “one more thing.”
In the verse above a man came to Jesus and asked Him to be an arbitrator between him and his brother in a dispute over an inheritance. Jesus told the man “Who appointed me a judge between you?” And it’s then that Jesus said “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
To make earthly gain or riches a primary desire and pursuit in life is a costly and fatal error that can lead to eternal loss and consequences.. We must realize that in no way does our wealth determine our worth or significance.
The Greek Word for greed (pleonexia) literally conveys the thirst for having more. A selfish and wrongful desire for more does not refer to providing for your own needs and the needs of your family. Part of life must be spent working to provide, but we must be careful to invest our time, efforts, and resources in becoming rich toward God only. This involves pursuing His kingdom and His righteousness (His purposes and standards) above everything else.
Greed gets us pursuing “things” when we should actually be pursuing God. What are you pursuing today? Is it through greed or love? Do you seek more things or do you seek more of God? Each of us should pay attention to Jesus warning and examine whether selfishness and greed exist in our own hearts.
Lord, Show us today where are hearts are holding on to desire for anything that draws us away from You. Convict us, forgive us, and lead us down a path that is pleasing to You. Where we are greedy make us generous. Where we are controlling make us giving. Where we long for power replace that spirit with a pure heart. Where we have fear of lack replace it with love! In Jesus Name I pray. Amen! Amen!!