At Hope Church, we are in a series on the Seven Deadly Sins and The Beatitudes. On the last Sunday in June- we tackled the deadly sin of Greed. Earlier this week- our youngest daughter, Chloe, provided a great example of Greed.
We were at our local coffee shop celebrating the survival of Kindergarten shots and 18 month shots in both of our girls. We ordered cookies all around. Chloe acted like she wanted to try everyone’s cookie- but in reality, she wanted each cookie on a plate in front of her- without eating the cookie. When you tried to take your cookie to take a bite, Chloe began to cry because someone took “her” cookie.
Greed hoards possessions/money/things without any concern of gaining enjoyment from them. Greed is an end people pursue rather than a means of enjoying God given happiness.
Chloe was not happy until she had all the cookies- and she did not eat them, nor did she let anyone else eat them. She could have given us joy by sharing the cookies- and found joy herself by eating the cookies. This is an illustration of greed.
In life- are there things that you seek to possess, that you have to have- but which really don’t bring you joy? Are there possession that end up possessing you?
Wow–great and challenging questions Steve. Does that mean if we eat all of the cookies we can get our hands on and take pleasure from them, it’s not greed? But I don’t mean to question your message, just thinking and typing here.
Thanks for the thoughts. Maybe I should have thought through the post better. My answer to your question is “No”- we can’t eat all the cookies- we have to share them. Luke 12:48 tells us that we who have much have a responsibility to share- to let go- to bring other people joy, happiness, peace, mercy and justice.
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