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Danger of Covetousness

Discussion in 'Non-denominational' started by \o/, Aug 24, 2002.

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  1. \o/

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    Danger of Covetousness

    In what way has the Lord spoken of covetousness?
    "And He said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth." Luke 12:15.

    What showed this principle to be strong in the rich man who had already more than he knew how well to take care of?
    "And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry." Luke 12:18, 19.

    But what did God say to him?
    "But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee; then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?" Luke 12:20.

    What application of this parable did the Saviour make?
    "So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." Luke 12:21.

    What does the apostle call covetousness?
    "Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry." Col. 3:5.

    What does he say the things here enumerated have brought upon mankind?
    "For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience." Col. 3:6.

    What did Judas' covetousness lead him to do?
    "And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray Him to them. And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray Him." Mark 14:10, 11.

    How does the Lord regard the covetous man?
    "For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth." Ps. 10:3.

    Then can God trust such men to bear responsibilities in His work?
    "Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens." Ex. 18:21 (1 Tim. 3:2, 3).

    What is certain to follow the desire to be rich?
    "But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition." 1 Tim. 6:9.

    Will covetousness be one of the specially prevalent sins of the last days?
    "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers." 2 Tim. 3:1, 2.

    What will these selfish ones be doing for themselves?
    "Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as It were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days." James 5:3.

    What admonition does the apostle give to the rich?
    "Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; that they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate." 1 Tim. 6:17, 18.

    What does the Lord say of giving?
    "I have showed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He said, It is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35 (Prov. 11:24, 25).

    To whom does the money we have belong?
    "The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts." Haggai 2:8.

    Men are simply stewards of God's treasures. (Luke 16:1-8). As such, what does the Lord admonish us to do?
    "And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations." Luke 16:9. "As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." 1 Peter 4:10.

    How does God regard the spirit of sacrifice?
    "I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odor of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God. But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:18, 19.

    Whom will Christ gather to Himself when He comes?
    "He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that He may judge His people. Gather My saints together unto Me; those that have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice." Ps. 50:4, 5.

    Heaven gave its choicest Treasure to redeem us. (1 Peter 1:18, 19). Will we not partake of the same spirit, if we are God's children?
    "And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together." Rom. 8:17.

     
     
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  2. TruelightUK

    TruelightUK Tilter at religious windmills

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    Good counsel \o/ !

    Certainly in today's church there are many who seem to have their hearts set on earthly treasure, prioritising their own physical comfort and security above the values of the Kingdom. Giving is something which is often done grudgingly (even legalistically, according to the 'law of tithing'), to the minimum we can get away with, rather than from a cheerful heart. What I can 'afford' to give (without any inconvenience to myself and my family) is the governing factor rather than how much of this unmet need can I manage to meet, out of love for my suffering neighbour. We pray for the poor in other nations, but do very little to cooperate in the answers to those prayers, because our charity must always 'begin at home' - protecting our standard of living is a higher priority than improving that of others - who must in some measure be 'to blame' and thus undeserving of our active compassion - lest we cast our precious pearls before swine; we earned what we have, so we will hold on to it at all costs.

    Contrast this with the love of God in Christ, who loved so much that he gave without counting the cost, emptying himself of all that he had for the sake of rebellious sinners - who, for the most part, rejected his sacrifice!

    Anthony
     
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