Greedy for God

Ask virtually anyone if they could do with some more money and they will respond with a resounding, “Yes, of course, who couldn’t.” Now ask the same people if they could do with more God and you will find they are quite content with their portion. Why is it that we are greedy for money but not God?

We were definitely meant be greedy for something (or some One I should say). There is always this longing, this aching, this pining for something or some One who is missing. What is it that my soul longs for and desires to have? You see greed, for things and personal pleasure, is the place that sin is born when we are directed to hunger and thirst for unrighteous things. It stems from the desire and will to serve and worship ourSelf. Sin is that independent spirit that wants to do it “all by myself” for my Self, without dependence or submission to God, without regard for His will. Greed of these things is the essence of sin.

James put it this way, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” James 1:13-15.

“Every man is tempted, when he is drawn away…” Drawn away by what? The greed to fill the longing in your heart with your own agenda and effort apart from God. When you try to satisfy it with anything or anyone other that God Himself you sin. And you see where that leads don’t you?

So rather than trying to fill that empty place with any and everything other than God why not fill it with the peg that fits? Your enemy knows if he can get you to seek after other things then he can tempt you to sin and refortify your separation from God. The fear is that you will not get what you want. The answer is faith. God has promised you what you need when you seek Him first.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matt. 6:33. This what you were meant to be greedy for — God Himself. “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Matt. 5:6

Be greedy for God.


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