Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Skydiving Without a Parachute

Skydiving without a parachute is all fun and games until the abrupt end, which will most likely end with unfavorable results.

We live in a society where a lot of our behaviors are driven by impulse. Fast food, credit cards, loans, more, more, more! Greed is often used as an advertisement tool. Everyone needs more now, and companies with products to sell know this. They advertise "faster", "better", "newer", "richer"! A lot of times we fall for this, and some people fall so hard that it's as if they're jumping without a parachute. One day, reality catches up with them and it's not a pretty sight.
1st Timothy 6:10 says that "The love of money is the root of all evil." I was perusing through some calvinist site whose author claims that the word "all" in the Bible doesn't always mean "all", and pointed out this verse as an example - "Surely money wasn't the root of Adam's evil," the author claimed. But, as absurd as it sounds, it certainly was the case. What does money represent? The power to own. What can that represent? Greed. Greed is the root of all evil. Why did Adam and Eve fall to sin? They wanted to have everything. They were greedy.
Greed causes us to skydive without a parachute. We jump without a backup plan - we let it cloud our judgment. Our judgment can become so clouded that it's as if we jump without a parachute. Simply put, greed is another form of idolatry.

There are so many verses in the Bible that deal with greed.

-Psalms 10:3 The greedy man curses and spurns God

-Proverbs 18:1 An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment.

-Proverbs 28:25 A greedy man stirs up dissension, but he who trusts in the LORD will prosper.

-Proverbs 29:4 By justice a king gives a country stability, but one who is greedy for bribes tears it down.

-1 Corinthians 6:10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

-Colossians 3:5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.

But how do we deal with greed? We deal with it by praising God, by thanking Him for what He has given to us, by being content in the abundance of Christ's life.

-Luke 3:14 Be content with your wages-Hebrews 13:5 Be content with what you have-John 10:10 Jesus "came so that they may have life, and have it abundantly."


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