How can I resist the temptation of greed? - Giving - TouchPoints

How can I resist the temptation of greed?

Mark 10:21-22Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Ask yourself: How tightly do I hold on to what I have? Jesus doesn’t ask most of us to give up everything we have, but if he did, could you?

1 Samuel 8:3But they were not like their father, for they were greedy for money. They accepted bribes and perverted justice.

Proverbs 28:25Greed causes fighting.

Ephesians 5:5For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.

2 Peter 2:14They commit adultery with their eyes, and their desire for sin is never satisfied. They lure unstable people into sin, and they are well trained in greed. They live under God’s curse.

Ask yourself: Who do I know that is greedy and stingy? Do I really want to become like them?

Matthew 6:19-21“Don’t store up treasures here on earth. . . . Store your treasures in heaven. . . . Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”

Luke 9:23-25Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed?”

Ask yourself: How long do I want to enjoy “good things”? If you want to enjoy some good things temporarily, just in this life, then you will have more of a struggle with greed. If you want to enjoy good things for eternity, then you will invest in different things—truly good things—now so that you can enjoy God’s rewards forever.

1 Corinthians 4:7What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift?

Job 1:21“I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!”

Ask yourself: Who really owns my things? Remind yourself that everything comes from the hand of God and therefore everything is God’s. This changes your perspective on your possessions.

Colossians 3:2-3Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.

Ask yourself: What do I think most about? Redirect your focus from material things, which don’t last, to things that last forever—your relationship with God and with others.