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What Does The Bible Say About Greed?

Greed is a sin that is usually associated with but not limited to money. It is a situation where one desires more and more without being content with what they have. Greed revolves around one’s self, as it is a self-centered desire. It is okay for one to desire to earn money, but what the Bible warns against is Greed that makes us crooked or wicked. Greed causes us to sometimes trample or step on other people or do things that don’t honor God, just to get more than we need.

A common misconception about this topic is that money is the root of all evil. However, the Bible never told us that money is the root of all evil; the love of money is. Money is a great tool but a terrible master. Money, when used properly, can make a positive impact. Imagine if people were generous instead of greedy. Perhaps there would be less poverty since people would want to contribute towards the general growth of their community. Things take a different turn when we make money an idol in our lives. As Jesus said, we cannot serve both God and money. The word money comes from the word Mamon, one of the idols or man-made gods from ancient history. This tells us that when we start to love money more than God, we break the first commandment. However, if you take out loving money, there is really not a problem with being rich; in the Old Testament, you will see God prospering people. Maybe this was not with literal money but with livestock since at that time riches were measured by the number of possessions one had. 

The problem with Greed is that it is an indication of your dependence on possessions. When we get our security, identity, satisfaction, and wholeness from the number of digits in our bank account or the money that we have, we replace God, who should be our source of everything. You will know that you love money more than God if, when asked to give it up, you can’t. This is what happened to one rich young man in the Bible (Mark 10:17-33). He was able to obey all of the commandments except one—not having any other god. At the end of the day, choosing Jesus is worth so much more than gold. When you have Jesus, you have everything, especially when it comes to eternity. Jesus is worth more than anything temporal in our lifetime. He wants us to have the best, which is why He wants us to choose him above all else.

Knowing who you are in Christ and recognizing the grace of God in your life, plus the work of the Holy Spirit inside of you is very important. You become someone who is generous instead of greedy. Remember, you are made holy in Christ and you are His workmanship, created for good works (Ephesians 2:10). As someone who is transformed by God’s love, we become people who always want to love others, which includes giving since helping others honors God. God will use you to be a blessing to other people, and whether you are financially fortunate or not, it doesn’t change the fact that you have everything since you have Jesus in your life.

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