“From the least to the greatest all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit.” Jeremiah 6:13
Greed is something that is rampant among people all over the world. Desiring more and more for self is extremely common among men and women of all walks of life.
All throughout music, books, movies and television greed can be seen. No one wants to deny themselves anything. No matter how much they have, they want some more.
In the work place greed is seen in both the worker and the employer. The worker wants more money, the boss wants more work for less pay. Greed is everywhere.
With having so much greed, people will do whatever they can to get more and more.
God accuses the nation of Israel of being greed and practicing deceit. He even accuses the prophets and the priests of being greedy.
Greed started with Adam and Eve in the garden wanting to be more like Jesus. It is at the root of all sin and continues to this day.
The church today also has a lot of greed inside of it. Pastors and leaders show greed at wanting more money, bigger buildings, bigger ministries to make themselves look bigger and better. Individuals reveal greed in the fighting for certain things in the church that has nothing to do with the gospel message.
Prayers will often reveal greed. People pray to God asking for many things for themselves that has nothing to do with building them up in Christ or reaching the lost. God’s first focus is salvation and second is making people more like Jesus. It is all about self—greed.
Jesus did not come to this earth for Himself, but for people. He gave His life for people, not to gain things or to be greedy. Every believer needs the same attitude as Jesus had of sacrificing self for God and others.
You can examine your own life and see where greed may be creeping in. Take a look at your prayers and see if there is any greed laced throughout them.
What is your focus in this life? What is your purpose? Is it for self and selfish gain? Or is it to be more like Jesus and to make more people like Jesus?
Allow God to be on the throne of your heart. He can remove the greed in your life as you are filled with His eternal love for Him and others. Do not allow yourself to be guilty of greed.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will love others as God loves you; that you will desire what God wants more than anything else; that you will be content with what God blesses you with; and that God will help you remove all greed in your life.