Day 166 – On Guard
On: April 15, 2015   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

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; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” Luke 12:13-15

Strange stuff, money. Why does it have such power to entrap and corrupt? Possessions, likewise. How I cling to things that are mine, things I have worked for; that I deserve. But are they simply useful resources for daily living, or do they define who I think I am?

Of course, money and possessions in themselves are neutral. It’s the power we allow them to have over us that determines whether they are useful or dangerous. If we love money, or hoard possessions, it shows that they have worked their way into our emotions and taken control of our will power. No longer are they our servant; they have become our master.

Like the “someone in the crowd”, we can all too quickly brush aside higher principles to get something sorted in a manner that protects our interests. Greed lurks, and will overpower us all too easily. In Jesus’ words, “Watch out! Be on your guard.”

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have. Hebrews 13:5

Prayer:

Father God, lead me not into temptation and deliver me from evil. Amen

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