Greed is the Root of Much Evil

Daily God Walk for Tuesday, September 6, 2011

 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. – Luke 12:13-15

 Families have been divided over an inheritance for centuries. It is a sad thing that so often at the loss of a loved one the grief is tainted by greed. I remember following one story where a brother became so upset over the way the inheritance was divided that he actually killed his brother and is now in prison.

It isn’t only true about inheritance but Jesus goes on to give a parable of a man who was enjoying prosperity. Each year his crops did well so he tore down his barns to build bigger barns to hold his wealth. He gave not thought to others or to his own soul; he only thought about how he could accumulate wealth. He said to himself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry” (v19).

Jesus concludes this parable by saying, “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God”

Some people live for this life alone without realizing that everything they do in this life is going to affect the quality of their life in eternity. Paul wrote in Romans, “God will give to each person according to what he has done. To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger (Romans 2:6-8).

We would all do well to remember the old verse, “Only one life, ‘twill some be passed. Only what’s done for Christ will last.”

 Prayer: Lord, grant me the grace to serve you and not to succumb to the spirit of greed. In Jesus name, Amen.

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