“And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of greed: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” Luke 12:15
Our Lord Jesus warned the people to beware of greed – that insatiable desire for more and more possessions, money and earthly pleasure, wanting to enjoy and benefit even at the expense of others. People commit murder, theft, adultery and many more sins because of this selfishly inspired lust. King David went to the extent of killing an innocent man just to have the man’s wife for himself. He became inflamed with greed to the point of murder. Greed leads us on dangerous paths which takes us to dangerous places. It is an orchestration of the devil which would lead to destruction. It places a stumbling block between us and God’s promises.
Owing to this, Jesus warns us to beware of greed. Christians need to receive hope from the message of Christ. God has promised us sufficiency in all things and we need to believe in this promise of God. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 8:9 that though Christ was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor, that we through His poverty might be rich. God wants us to be rich and has made provision for our riches through the poverty of Christ. We need to take hold of this promise of God and seek God concerning situations in our lives. We need to look to God for all things and begin to view life in a new perspective, for a man’s life does not consist of the abundance of things he possesses. Our lives are not defined by what we have here on earth, it is defined by the amount of treasure stored up for us in heaven. This is clearly revealed in Luke 12:16-21.
“And he spake a parable unto them, saying, the ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, what shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, this will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
We learn from this scripture that the greed of this rich man lead him to a place where he had no craving for eternal things. He had no respect onto being rich towards God but he rather put wrong value on earthly things. All he wanted was to eat, drink and make merry. He had no respect onto the kingdom of God which will endure forever. Greed will make you delight in temporal things as though they are everlasting but the word of God tells us that this world will pass away. What man needs is to find Christ, purpose and unquenchable desire for the kingdom of God. With this we shall receive all sufficiency on this earth.
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” – 2 Corinthians 9:8