I and Greed

In 1731 John Wesley began to limit his expenses so he would have more money to give to the poor. He records that one year his income was £30, and his living expenses £28, so he had £2 to give away. The next year, his income doubled, but he still lived on £28 and gave £32 away. In the third year, his income jumped to £90; again he lived on £28, giving £62 away. The fourth year, he made £120, lived again on £28, and gave £92 to the poor.

And we wonder why we haven’t seen a revival for a while?!

The Apostle is commanding we put off immorality and impurity and then what seems to be a curve-ball he says greed.

But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Ephesians 5:3

The Message has ‘bullying greed’ and other translations use ‘covetousness’.

Here are 7 sins of greed:

  1. It’s about me, me and me.
  2. It’s about me and having what is yours.
  3. It’s about me getting what I want with no thought to the pain I may cause you in getting it.
  4. It’s about me not having enough or what me deserves.
  5. It’s about me and my ego.
  6. It’s about me regardless of any consequences.
  7. It’s about me taking short-cuts.

Rick warren of Saddleback Church, America’s 8th largest Church lives on 10 percent of his income and donates the rest to charity. “I drive a 12-year-old Ford, have lived in the same house for the last 22 years, bought my watch at Wal-Mart, and I don’t own a boat or a jet.” 

Jesus said he had no place to lay his head. We all want an open heaven. Out of that open heaven we want everything we can possibly get, a blessing of finance, promotion, this and that. When Jesus experienced an open heaven as he was standing in the Jordan being baptised he received a bird. We all want to be like Jesus but maybe if all we got was a bird perhaps we would be disappointed!

It’s not about me. Put it off.

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