Jesus explicitly warned his followers to watch out so as not to be a victim of greed. For him to say ‘ watch out’ it means I could be greedy and not knowing or get used to it until it becomes my second nature. It’s just so subtle and creepy. It demands self-analysis and introspection.
The desperate craving for something like fame, love, money, etc., without any regard for spiritual, moral and ethical values can make some people avaricious. The desire to get something, by all means, and cost. The urgency to have something right now even if they are not meant to be.Someone who elevates desperate attainment of status over good character.
Luke 12:15 (ESV) And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.“
From above, we can see that greed comes in different forms and kinds . It needs a search light to uncover them.
I believe you can know where you belong by asking yourself this honest questions:
1. Have you asked yourself when last you have assisted someone in need? Heb 13:16
2. Do you enjoy receiving from others than giving away? Acts 20:35
3. Do you usually ignore when someone around you is in great and urgent need, and do you only pray rather than practically help when you know within yourself that you in a better position to do that? Luke 12:33-34
4. Can you go as far as compromising your moral and ethical values to get what you desire? Matt 6:24, 1 John 3:4, 2Tim 2:5
5. Is it all about you all the time without any consideration for others. Phil 2:4, 1Cor 10:24
6. Do you lack satisfaction all the time? Ecclesiastes 5:10, 1 Tim 6:6, Heb 13:5, Haggai 1:6
7. Have you always coveted someone else’s belongings? Micah 2:2, Exo 20:17
8. Do you live in envy and develop the hatred for someone else’s achievements and successes? Prov 23:17, Titus 3:3, Acts 17:5
Luke 12:15 (ESV) And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.
” If any of your answer(s) to the any of the above questions, is/are yes, I’m afraid it’s a sign of greed. That is why we need to watch out.These are serious issues and we must continually asssess ourselves. Avarice is a product of uncontrolled desire and appetite. The Bible talks about being temperate in the path of aspiration for mastery. In other words, we must be disciplined in whatever we do.
1 Cor 9:25a (WEB) Every man who strives in the games exercises self-control in all things.
We are to walk in love, benevolence, gratitude, merciful and high moral ethics values. All these would be an antidote to greed if well exercised. Guard your heart by making a wall of resistance to it through prayer, the word of God and conscious effort. You must guard your heart so as not to be trapped into the cobweb of greed. It is the root of all evil.
Pray this Prayer: Lord, please rescue me from any spirit of greed and envy. Burn any traces of its root in my heart and grant me the awareness to always examine myself by your Grace in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen