The word of God in Ephesians 5:5 compares greed to immorality, impurity and idolatry. The scriptures say that a greedy person will not see the Kingdom of God. Greed is an insatiable desire to possess more or acquire more than what is needed. Greed is not a new problem for the believer but rather it is an ancient problem that has been around since the time of Adam.
In the beginning God created the earth and gave it all to Adam. Adam was the richest man who ever lived. His needs were met exceedingly and abundantly and he had more than he could ever spend and more than he could ever consume.
“Genesis 3:12…….It was this woman that you put here who caused me to
Due to Adam’s desire for more he disobeyed God (sinned) and blamed it on the woman who God gave him, the woman he loved. Adam’s punishment was that he was cursed and thrown from the Garden. He lost his inheritance and all that he had.
6:10 For the love of money is the root
of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith,
and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
God knows that we have need of things. His word says above all things he wants us to prosper. He says that He gives us the power to get wealth. He even says that the wealth of the unrighteous would be stored up for the righteous. It is OK. You can have things. You can have massive amounts of money but you can’t fall in love with your money. If you fall in love with the money it will turn on you, betray you and cause you to fall. It is the love of money, not the money that creates problems for the believer. If we are servants to things we can not be servants of God.
16:13 “No servant can serve two
masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted
to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”
By: Dr. Olivia T Hines