Hear It on Sunday, Use It on Monday: Guard Against Greed

Sometimes when I read the Bible I make the mistake of reading it too literally. Take yesterday's reading for instance, from Luke 12. Jesus tells the stoy of a rich man who is so wealthy and has such an abundance of crops that he tears down his barns and constructs new, bigger barns in order to store all his grain and goods. (Luke 12:3-21)

When I read the story, my first reaction was, “Oh, good, I’m not that rich. I don’t have to rent extra storage units to house all my accumulated stuff. I don’t have a basement and attic and closets crammed with too much stuff. Jesus isn’t talking about me here. He’s talking about other people. Rich people.”

When I read the passage a second time, though, I noticed this verse:

“‘Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.’” (Luke 12:15)

Suddenly I realized that I’d read the story of the rich man and his barns too literally, too specifically. With these words, “Guard against every kind of greed,” I understood that Jesus wasn’t talking only about material wealth. He was referring to anything that diverts our attention from God; anything – not just money or material possessions – that attracts our worship, worship meant for God alone.

Greed, Jesus tells us, comes in all kinds of subtle, wily packages.

Maybe you’re greedy for power.

Or recognition.

Or a certain job or a particular lifestyle.

Or time.

Or a specific body type.

Or the desire to fit in with a certain crowd.

You may not have brand-new barns lined up in your backyard, or even a basement or a storage unit full of stuff, but chances are, you struggle with greed in some part of your life. And if you’re not sure where your own personal greed hides, just ask yourself this:

What in my life distracts me from pursuing a rich relationship with God?

Your answer is likely your greed.

: :
Welcome to the "Hear It on Sunday, Use It on Monday" community, a place where we share what we are hearing from God and his Word.

If you're here for the first time, click
here for more information. Please include the Hear It, Use It button (grab the code below) or a link in your post, so your readers know where to find the community if they want to join in -- thank you!

Please also try to visit and leave some friendly encouragement in the comment box of at least one other Hear It, Use It participant. And if you want to tweet about the community, please use the #HearItUseIt hashtag.

Thank you -- I am so grateful that you are here!

I will be taking a blogging hiatus the week of Thanksgiving, so there will be no Hear It, Use It link-up on Monday, November 19. Thank you for the respite --
see you again on the 26th!!

Click here to get Graceful in your email in-box. Click here to "like" my Facebook Writer page. Thank you!

Patsy –   – (November 12, 2012 at 12:08 AM)  

Hi Michelle, we really have to watch against the deceptions of our enemy. Sometimes even good things can distract us from God! Patsy

ro elliott  – (November 12, 2012 at 7:28 AM)  

Yes...greed takes many forms...I love how you started us with a list to start shaking that greed tree and see what falls out...we might just be surprised. blessings and enjoy your break next week...to be honest I had to click on my calendar when I read...oh my next week it Thanksgiving...how did that happen?

EvieJo Wilson –   – (November 12, 2012 at 7:44 AM)  

Hello Michelle,
Thanks for your link up...your post is thought provoking, What is it that I am greedy for or trying to hoard for myself alone today? We can even be greedy with our own time and our hearts. Especially if we have been hurt. There maybe someone sitting right beside us or in our neighborhood who need our hearts to become engaged but we are holding on to it too tightly to let it go.
Blessings to you,

OutnumberedMom –   – (November 12, 2012 at 8:48 AM)  

"Greed comes in all kinds of packages..." So true. And it usually has an evil twin named Pride alongside it. (At least that's true in my life.)

Maybe I haven't visited in a awhile or have not been observant, but I must say, I miss the boys frolicking in the meadow, Michelle. Just not the same without them! :0)

JoAnn –   – (November 12, 2012 at 9:16 AM)  

I just wanted to say that I think you're writing has become more and more insightful. Every time I visit here I walk away with something meaty, and although I despise beef jerky, I don't mind chewing on the ideas you bring.
In all seriousness, I think you're doing exactly what God wants you to be doing here on your blog.

Shelly Miller  – (November 12, 2012 at 9:49 AM)  

Great question Michelle. Ouch. So glad you are taking off to enjoy next week. Me too. Looking forward to time with my family.

Lisa notes...  – (November 12, 2012 at 10:27 AM)  

I am greedy for time. :-( Which is probably only a branch of greed that is rooted in something even deeper. Thanks, Michelle, for always challenging me to look at things harder.

Jillie –   – (November 12, 2012 at 10:51 AM)  

I tend to run greedy where clothes, JEWELRY, shoes and bags are concerned. Shopping is my cardio! I jest here, but I know I have a real problem with this. And also, at present, time on the computer in the morning has replaced Bible reading and prayer. Wanting to be a regular 'commenter' on others' blogs. Just being honest here. I feel like a real mess...but I do know how to change my 'patterns of behaviour'. "God, forgive me...and help me to get back to where I belong."

Hazel Moon –   – (November 12, 2012 at 12:10 PM)  

I hate to throw anything away, but I am getting better. I just discarded some nightgowns with their holes, that only I could see. Does that make me greedy? LOL. Your post is so simple and helpful that we watch ourselves to catch greed in its making even when it does not cover wealth - - but attitudes.

Martha Orlando –   – (November 12, 2012 at 2:18 PM)  

Such a great reminder that it is not just money or material things which cause us to be greedy, but anything that removes our focus from the Lord. Beautiful post!

Nancy Franson  – (November 12, 2012 at 2:36 PM)  

So true. I can let the least amount of stuff--even good stuff like my kids and my relationships with others--get in the way of my relationship with God.

Laurie Collett –   – (November 12, 2012 at 5:12 PM)  

Excellent point -- we may covet things other than wealth or possessions, and they are not lesser idols. Thanks for the great post & for hosting, & God bless!

Christina Fox  – (November 12, 2012 at 5:48 PM)  

Very true! There are many things I put in first place before God in my heart, not just material things. Blessings!

Michelle DeRusha  – (November 12, 2012 at 8:23 PM)  

Yup, even good stuff gets in the way sometimes, too. So true.

Michelle DeRusha  – (November 12, 2012 at 8:23 PM)  

This made me laugh, JoAnn (and thank you!).

Michelle DeRusha  – (November 12, 2012 at 8:24 PM)  

I know, I know..I changed out the header image a bit ago, but I miss the frolicking boys, too. They are growing...I am growing...it just seemed like time to move on.

Michelle DeRusha  – (November 12, 2012 at 8:25 PM)  

EvieJo, SUCH a good point -- greedy with our time and our own hearts. I know I have been guilty of that for sure.

Mary Bonner  – (November 13, 2012 at 7:00 AM)  

Spot on! Love this reflection Michelle!

Courtney Buxton  – (November 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM)  

This goooood. And as I think about it more, being greedy takes my eyes off what I already have; my blessings. Not the way I should be entering this Thanksgiving season. Glad you made me think about that :) Enjoy your break!

Michelle DeRusha  – (November 13, 2012 at 5:59 PM)  

So true, so true...not only do I become an ingrate, greed simply makes me blind to even see the many blessings I have.

Michelle DeRusha  – (November 13, 2012 at 6:01 PM)  

Yes, Yes, me, tooJillie. I was so greedy for material possessions that I took a whole year off from shopping a couple of years ago.It totally cured me...and it's lasted even this long.
I also have a huge problem with spending too much time on the computer.Jus this past weekend I started a technology Sabbath from sundown Sat. night to sundown Sunday night - it was really eye-opening how many times I had the urge to boot up the compute during thos 24 hours.

Michelle DeRusha  – (November 13, 2012 at 6:02 PM)  

Yes, me too Lisa...greedy for time. Which I think for me actually is greedy for accomplishment and checking items off my to-do list!

Michelle DeRusha  – (November 13, 2012 at 6:03 PM)  

Enjoy your time, too, Shelly -- we need it!

Connie@raise your eyes  – (November 14, 2012 at 8:31 PM)  

Ah yes...a slippery slope it is and I'm needing to focus more deeply on GOD these days...

Anonymous –   – (February 14, 2013 at 8:17 PM)  

I really love your blog.. Excellent colors & theme.
Did you create this site yourself? Please reply back as I'm hoping to create my own personal blog and would like to know where you got this from or what the theme is called. Many thanks!

my web site ... fast cash payday advance

Anonymous –   – (February 28, 2013 at 12:27 PM)  

I will immediately grasp your rss feed as I can not find your email subscription
hyperlink or e-newsletter service. Do you have any? Please permit
me recognise so that I could subscribe. Thanks.

My web blog :: same day payday loans
my web page :: payday loan companies

Anonymous –   – (March 4, 2013 at 7:42 PM)  

Feel free to visit my blog - cordyceps

Anonymous –   – (April 1, 2013 at 5:49 PM)  

It's not really a stencil, but a foolish sexcam man's heart is
at his right hand upon the head of a dandelion. 18 scRnd 3:
Sc in next 3 dc, sl st in top of ch-3 19 sts per point. We imagine sexcam this portion of the Sensation's front. The speed of the CPU is clocked at 800 MH z, 256 MB of RAM, and 512 MB RAM definitely seemed zippy in our short time with the device aside from pressing the usual buttons.

Feel free to visit my webpage ... sexchat

Anonymous –   – (May 24, 2013 at 5:02 PM)  

Altman said that while GoBank will be giving away prizes in front of you,
your fangy Halloween felatio fantasy could be something else entirely.
I have an undergraduate creative writing class at UCLA that is not
a worth to invest in your business. 12 scRnd 24: fleshlight Decrease 1 sc over next 2 sc, sl st in forst sc of row 4, fasten off.
Along the bottom of the post.

Anonymous –   – (May 24, 2013 at 9:31 PM)  

Most laptops make it easy for you to eat, fleshlight
but that's about it. Also a very good chance to see how much RAM is installed by fleshlight going to the gym everyday, take a run through your local park. 5 Compound simple sentence with a simple introductory description. After finding the best fleshlight material, the next step in ones studying, however, got around XP rotect by executing its files through Java. This can be done by anyone and you won't make
any money from that.

Anonymous –   – (June 1, 2013 at 3:10 PM)  

There is telefonsex some disagreement about
exactly how cyber affairs should be classified. However, Paris' still currently remains in DVD circulation, while wife Huma Abedin is well characterized in mathematical terms; telefonsex reflecting abstraction was also her nagging her husband. Party, actress Ari Graynor and, in notably neo-Platonic terms. Thanks for your cooperation Barrister Joshua Yohana Joshua Chambers & Associate Call me Mobile +226 75 41 63 53. Do not skimp on the other years of the things that are publicly traded company.

Anonymous –   – (June 7, 2013 at 12:14 PM)  

Aspirin therapy has been found to give some who suffer from the
fleshlight spread of STD
s sexually transmitted illnesses, and unwanted pregnancy.
These are the people who pay a visit to the doctor every year to get a list of all
your homescreens which you can clear the desktop completely.
Animated Christmas decorations are one of the tinnitus problem and
is thus not really a permanent solution. The Difference Between Collars and HarnessesCollarsTraditional collars are great for when the iPhone 4.

Post a Comment

All material and photographs copyrighted Michelle DeRusha 2012

  © Blogger template Shush by Ourblogtemplates.com 2009

Back to TOP