TOPIC: Covetousness And Greed
TEXT: Mt 6:25-33; Lk 12:16-21; Gal 5:19-21; Col 3:5-11
MEMORY VERSE: Rom 13:14
Covetousness and greed are sins that reveal a self-focus that questions God’s work and provisions in your life. These sins must be “put off” out of your commitment to live for Jesus Christ (Ecc 5:10; Rom 13:8-9; 1Cor 10:24; 1Tim 6:10).
You have been freed from the power of all sins (Rom 6:6; Col 3:1-15) including those of covetousness and greed, which have a pronounced self-focus. You can be content in any circumstance (Act 20:33) and can have the attitude of Christ developed within you (Mt 10:8b).
1. If you compare yourself or your circumstances with those whose possessions, benefits, abilities, talents, spiritual gifts, or honours you desire, you question God’s sovereignty in your life (Mt 20:1-16; 2Cor 10:12; 1Tim 6:6-8). You sin in manner by:
a. Desiring or demanding an equal measure of others’ benefit whether or not you did anything to deserve or earn them;
b. Complaining in your thoughts or in your conversation about your present situation in life; or
c. Striving to accumulate or acquire more wealth, honour, fame, or popularity than others.
2. When your thoughts, words, or actions indicate covetousness or greed, you displease
the Lord through your lack of love for others and your self-exaltation (Mt 22:39;
Rom 12:9; 13:8-10; 1Cor 13:1-8a; Phil 2:3-8).
3. What does the Scripture say concerning:
a. the covetous (Ex 20:17; Due 5:21; Mic 2:1-2; 1Cor 5:11; 6:9-10; Col 3:5).
b. the greedy (Ecc 5:10; Lk 12:15-21; Rom 1:28-32; Eph 5:3-5; Col 3:5-7; 2Pet 2:1-3).