When Greed Prevails

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Mat 6:19  Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 
Mat 6:20  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 
Mat 6:21  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 

Either greed is at an all-time high, or I am just more aware of it. I may be more aware of it because God has dealt with my decades of selfishness and taught me how to love, give, and serve rather than lust, covet, accumulate, hoard, and take advantage of others. And when I fall short, He reminds me. I am not here for me; I am here for Him and am called to lay down my life for others. Is the world greedier than it has ever been, or am I just hyper sensitive to it now?

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Regardless of my own remarkable transformation by God’s grace and His Word alone, I am assured by Bible prophecy of the dire straits the world would come to that I am more than likely not off the mark when I believe the greed of humankind has reached unprecedented heights and depths. But as greed appears to prevail in the grand scheme of things, from random individuals to businesses everywhere I seem to turn, and from people I would have thought would be giving to major corporations and institutions not living up to the Lord’s “love your neighbor” command, I am reminded of this.

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No matter the wealth, riches, luxuries, money, resources, and stuff we may accumulate in this life on earth, we will ALL – every single one of us – be held accountable for what we did with our lives. And for those of us who finish our lives with mountains upon mountains of earthly treasures, we will not take a single one of them with us to where we go next – to heaven or to hell. The Bible teaches us to focus on treasures in heaven rather than treasures on earth. For those who repent and believe the Gospel that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and become genuine, committed followers of Jesus Christ by studying and living the Bible, the greatest treasure we humans can possess is clear as day. The Lord Himself. The things of this life – the silver, gold, televisions, boats, houses, and hoopla – are literally incomparable and cannot even touch the everlasting treasure of believing in, and loving, and serving, and bowing down, and worshiping, and living our lives for the Lord God almighty.

All the money in the world cannot buy God’s forgiveness for our sins and the promise of everlasting life; Jesus Christ already paid the price when He died on the cross for us and was raised from the dead three days later. As the world worsens by the day it seems, and as greed seems to become increasingly commonplace and even as it gives off the appearance of seeming to prevail, it cannot. And it will not. Because the only everlasting victory is in the Lord Jesus Christ and is in the promise of eternity with God in heaven. When the world as we know it comes to an end, so will all the lusts and riches that drove so many of us.

It is not too late to turn. It is not too late to repent of our lust and greed and selfishness and all the coveting we have done. It is not too late to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and to commit the rest of our lives to denying ourselves of our lusts and learning to live the godly lives to which God has called us. It is then, and only then, in Christ that we will know on this earth the beauty, the majesty, the enormity, the magnanimity, the magnificence, the astonishing, awesome, glory of the greatest, true, genuine, real, tangible, everlasting treasure that ever was, and is, and ever will be now and forever – and ever. The Lord, the Lord, the Lord!

Mat 19:23  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. 
Mat 19:24  And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 
Mat 19:25  When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? 
Mat 19:26  But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. 

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