A man came to Jesus, asking Him to instruct his brother to share his inheritance with him. Jesus used the man’s request as an occasion to issue a warning. “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed,” He warned; “for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions” (Luke 12:15, NASB). The word that renders greed in this verse denotes an evil desire to obtain more.
Knowing all things, Jesus knew the basis of the man’s request. It was not need but greed.
Even Christians can find themselves motivated by evil desires. It’s human nature for us to want more of what we have. Sometimes, the more we have the more we want, and no amount seems to be enough. In some Christian circles, they even try to justify such greed by calling it the prosperity gospel. Jesus says we need to be on our guard against any evil desire for things and money.
We must not be suckered by this world to believe that life is about having lots of stuff. Jesus says a man’s life does not consist of his possessions. God is not against us enjoying the things of this world. Jesus came that we might have life more abundantly. But we must guard ourselves against any excessive desire for the things of this world.
[So how do you guard yourself against the vanity of greed?]
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