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Watch Out! Be on your guard!

watch-outJesus warns us, “Watch out!  Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15) Rick Warren points out that “Money has the greatest potential to replace God in your life.”

Wealth poses an undeniable magnetism, lure, attraction, seduction, enticement, sway, hold, control and rule in one’s life.  Because of its great allure, Satan singled out the pursuit of wealth as a chief ploy in tempting Jesus! (Matthew 4:8-10)  The Evil One continues to play this trump card in his attempts to deceive us, knowing how vulnerable we are to its enticements. (See 2 Timothy 3:1-2.)

The Proverbs reveal that greed for money, wealth and possessions perverts justice; promotes cheating, lying, fraud, envy, lust, oppression, bribery, extortion, and dissension.  Greed for more makes one stingy, pleasure-seeking, and unrestrained. Wealth gives one a false sense of security and can supplant God as Lord of our lives. (See Proverbs 3:27-28; 11:24, 28; 14:31; 15:27; 16:8, 16; 20:10, 17, 23; 21:6, 13, 17; 22:16, 22; 23:4-8; 28:8, 22, 24, 25, 27; 30:7-9.)

We are spiritual beings compelled to worship.  We must worship someone or something.  To worship is an unavoidable drive.  We are programmed to worship.  Our need to worship is like gravity.  We feel its pull and arrange our lives around the fact that it’s there.  But if we don’t focus all our energies on worshiping God, we will – no, we must worship someone or something else. When Jesus said, “You cannot serve both God and Money,” he is not speaking about an issue of priority but of singleness of heart (Matthew 6:33).

Think about it:  In what ways has money, the pursuit of it, or things it can buy distracted you from your pursuit of God? 

© 2005 Rob Fischer