Jesus Warns Against Greed For Wealth

Bible Event – Jesus’ Life

Greed is defined as “a selfish or excessive desire for more than is needed or deserved, especially of money, wealth, food or other possessions” (Wikipedia). It is also listed as one of the seven deadly sins or vices to be avoided.

When a man in a crowd asked Jesus to settle a dispute with his brother by instructing him to divide his family inheritance, Jesus replied, “Who made me a judge or arbitrator between you two?”

Man with armful of money

It was a strongly worded response to the man. Jesus was refusing to get directly involved in what may have been a quarrel between two brothers. The issue, He implied, was a matter for other authorities. However, not to miss the moment, Jesus used the man’s comments to warn all present against the evil of greed saying, “Watch out and guard yourself from all types of greed, because one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions”.

Greed can slowly ebb into our lives, unnoticed. Our life must not revolve around the collection of possessions. (Luke 12:13-15)

Thought

It is said that once you give in to one of the seven deadly sins, the other evil spirits gladly follow! (The seven deadly sins are: lust, greed, gluttony, envy, anger, pride and sloth.)

Reflection

Lord Jesus, direct me away from sin, keep me faithful to your teaching and never let me be parted from you. Amen.

Prayer: Light (Extracts from the Gospels)

The light of God surrounds me,
the love of God enfolds me,
the power of God protects me,
the presence of God watches over me,
wherever I am, God is,
and where God is, all is perfect.