Greed



Background scripture: 1 Timothy 6:6-19
Daily reading: Luke 12:13-14
Monday September 21, 2015

Focus passage: Someone from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” Luke 12:13

This guy in the crowd who approaches Jesus goes to him with a specific request.  He wants his older brother (we assume) to divide the inheritance from their father with him.    Now we don’t know if he wants it divided in half, or if he just wants to have his portion which according to first century inheritance laws dictated that the oldest received twice the share of the younger sons.    

If we are to assume he wants more than the law allows, then we see him going to a religious leader in hopes that he will side with him.  His hope that is that Jesus will bend the gospel to fit his lifestyle.  Jesus reminds him that we have to bend our lifestyle to fit the gospel.  

Greed has no place in God’s Kingdom.  Greed will keep us focused on what we don’t have and lead us to believe that once we obtain the latest item that has caught our attention then our life will be better. 
While we may look forward to obtaining something new, that will make our lives easier, the question really is, is your focus on tomorrow and how your life will be better with this new item or is it on today and what God has provided for you right now.  The question this guy poses says a lot about his priorities.

Prayer: God help me to embrace the bounty you have placed in my life today.  Amen.

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