The devil is on an all-day and all-night lookout, searching for a means to cause us to fall short in our pursuit of Christ. He has plans and we must be aware of these plans lest we be lacking in one area or another in our lives. Here are some things to be watchful for.
- Have I lost eternal perspective or vision in my life? Our Lord Jesus taught us in Matthew 6:19-21, saying “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Our hearts and minds need to meditate on eternity and things in Heaven. Our lives are not about the abundance of things we have but about the treasure we have in Heaven. We need to look at the reward we would receive in Heaven from Christ, not on earthly gains. Greed seeks to turn our minds from eternity to humanity. It places our eyes on fulfilling our human desires which would drag us down the road of destruction.
- Do I compromise my Christianity for money, women or earthly gains? King David slept with another man’s wife for the pleasure of sex. He succumbed to temptation and sinned against God. This man was chosen of God and was one who desired God very much. But when greed took seed in him, he went as far as murdering another man for his wife. Our compromise of godly living is an indication of greed taking seed in us.
- Am I generous or do I cleave to my wealth? In Matthew 19:16-21 says, “And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honor thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. The young man saith unto him, all these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, if thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.” This rich man came to Jesus and asked that to have eternal life. This man had obeyed all the law but lacked one thing. Jesus told him to sell all his possessions and give it to the poor. But this man could not do this because of his attachment to his wealth. Clinging to our possessions is an indication of greed in our hearts. We should be willing to give up everything for the sake of following Jesus.