A world without greed: Part 2 – Hope 103.2

A world without greed: Part 2

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By Chris WittsSaturday 23 Mar 2013Morning Devotions with Chris WittsUncategorizedReading Time: 0 minutes


Talking today again about greed .. not a very nice topic,is it .. but who hasn’t been guilty of greed? I know I have. Greed is basically a form of wanting-but it’s more than wanting-it’s wanting more,and more and more ..And,I think we should realise that today greed is one of the most socially acceptable sins in our culture. Greed is very much a part of our world. Look at much of our media. They lead more and more of us to live in a perpetual state of wanting more and more and more which leads us to buy more and more and more. This reminds me of the old “Dennis the Menace” cartoon strip where Dennis is looking through a Christmas Toy catalogue saying,”This catalogue’s got a lot of toys I didn’t even know I wanted.” Now,many of us think,”Well,I’m not rich,so greed is not  going to be a problem for me!” But that’s not true. All of us (no matter what tax bracket we fit into) suffer from greed.  You see,greed is very  deceptive. It promises happiness but it always leaves us wanting,which is why when Andrew Carnegie was asked,”How much money is enough?” He replied,”Just a little bit more.”  And he would know being at one time the 2nd richest man in the world. Did you know that  God warns us to avoid greed   because He knows that wanting is an endless search for joy that fades ? Like a dog chasing it’s tail.. greedy people never quite catch lasting joy. Yesterday I read from Luke 12:15 “Watch out. Be on your guard against all kinds of greed. A Man’s life does not consist of abundance of his possessions” And that’s God’s word to us.
I think it’s important to say that  greed DECEIVES us.
Greed promises that material well-being will deliver much more than material well being can. I mean,greed lies to us .. and promises things that it does not deliver. Greed tells us that if we get what we do not have-if we get what we desire-we’ll be happy. . But the problem is  we never seem to learn this lesson. When the thrill fades we just yearn for another thing,hoping that it will  bring us lasting happiness. And the process begins all over again. I recall watching the film one night called “The Aviator”,the story of billionaire Howard Hughes. Hughes is a perfect case study of what greed can do because his life was an obsession to have more. He wanted more money. He wanted more fame,so he went to Hollywood and became a film maker and star. He wanted more sensual pleasures … He wanted more thrills,so he designed,built and piloted the fastest aircraft in the world. He wanted more power,so he secretly dealt political favours so skilfully that two U. S. Presidents became his pawns. All Howard Hughes ever wanted was more. And yet this man ended his life starving ………….his fingernails resembled grotesque,corkscrews that were inches long. His teeth were black and rotten,and innumerable needle marks from his drug addiction covered his body.  He lived in darkness,wore rubber gloves,and sterilized everything in his junk-filled room. He spent most of his time watching old movies and drinking soup. He was so lonely that he talked on the phone for 10 to 15 hours a day. I remember when Howard Hughes died,newscasters reported that he weighed only 43 kilos. His life showed us the truth of that old Latin proverb: “He who covets is always poor.”
1 Timothy 6:10 says,”People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.”
Greed blinds us to what is really IMPORTANT in life.
This is what Jesus was warning us about in Luke 12:15 when He said,”Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Well,think about this for a moment. Has greed done that to you? Has it messed with your priorities?
You see,if we are not careful,greed  can make us care more about furniture and things and popularity and big salaries  and earthly success,than what is truly important .. like those special-unrepeatable moments of life,like the birth of a child or becoming a grandfather for the first time. So greed  is indeed a deadly  sin-it is deceitful-it blinds us to what is truly important-it leads to other sinful behaviours….but the greatest danger of greed is that it can  lead us to push GOD out of our lives.