DAILY DEVOTIONALS BY PASTOR BILL MUIR
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“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”
“Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” Jesus
In the middle of Jesus teaching on treasures, money and possessions, he teaches about the ‘eye’. He says ‘our eyes’ effect how we see money. Our eyes can be focused on ‘things above’ or on ‘things below’. Where we are looking in normally where we are heading. Jesus talks about greed.
That’s Jesus’ whole point about greed, it’s deceptive as much or more than any sin. Money has the power to keep you from asking questions about how you spend your money and how you make your money. Money has the power to keep you from asking questions about how you spend it and how you make it, the hard questions. That’s the power of greed. The power of greed is to not ask. The power of greed is to not think. The power of greed is to say, “Well, it’s not true of me.”
It’s imperative that we don’t misread Scripture and walk away with the idea that asceticism is the key to right Christian living. Greed and avarice are wrong, but having money isn’t. Throughout the Bible, God financially blesses others—in fact, so much of God’s work relies on responsible and charitable people of means.
It’s when we begin grasping at wealth and desire it above all that it poisons us.
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