From Gluttony to Greed
July 17, 2012
In Paul's first letter to Timothy, he said the "love of money is a root of all kinds of evils,"; and it is "through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith"; (I Timothy 6:10). Interestingly, he calls the "love of money" a "craving", if this is the case, we need to be vigilant, lest we begin to go the way of greed.
Proverbs 21:1-5 assists us in this by beginning with a person sitting at the king's table. It then tells those of us who are often controlled by our appetite to put a knife to our throats. This is because gluttony leads to greed. We start eating and acquiring more: more money, more clothes, more cars, and gradually what we have is insufficient in satisfying our greed.
We are called to lay up our treasure in heaven and not here on the Earth. There are always things in our life we want just a little extra of because we want more comfort, entertainment, status, or even security. But examine those things according to Scripture and be certain you aren't traveling the path of greed. For if we do, we will find our things "gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven."
This devotion is adapted from shortdailydevotions.com.Used with permission.
Talk About It
What are some material things you desire or invest in? Have you crossed the line into greed and gluttony?