"What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Isn't it because there is a whole army of evil desires within you? You want what you don't have, so you kill to get it. You long for what others have, and can't afford it, so you start a fight to take it away from them. And yet the reason you don't have what you want is that you don't ask God for it."-James 4:1-2
It happens every time you walk into a store. You might have gone in just to look around or to pick something up that you truly needed, but there sitting in front of you are shelves of accessories, videos, games, clothes, items for the house, new cars, new furniture – everything you ever wanted tempting you, pleading with you, buy me! Buy me! Your eyes feast on the objects. Suddenly, it’s not about buying the thing you truly needed anymore. It’s all about you and the things you want. Without realizing it – you have just developed a case of the greedies!
What’s wrong with wanting things? If you stop and think about it, most arguments take place because somebody wants something that they don’t have. Greed often accompanies prosperity and can lead to crime. Wars, murders and robberies take place every day because people want what they don’t have. Greed is a snare! Was Jesus rich? No. He became poor for our sake read 2 Corinthians 8:9. The bible warns us in Luke 12:15 “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” Is it okay to have material things? God wants us to have what we need, but Jesus warned that it’s easy to let our possessions get out of control and the desire for wanting more can give us the wrong attitude for material things. Be content with what you have and stop putting your trust in money. Trust God to provide for you.
“And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."-1 Timothy 6:8-10
Don’t let your wants get in the way of worshipping God. People are more likely to cry out to God when they are in need than when they have plenty. Too often, the wealthy who have all they could ever want become complacent and self-satisfied and take credit for their riches to their own efforts instead of acknowledging that every good gift comes from God. Then the easier our lives become, the more enjoyment we derive from our wealth, the greater the temptation to store up treasures on earth, instead of in heaven. Stop focusing on earthly things like material wealth and possessions. Give God the glory and worship He deserves. Serve God and stop wasting your time trying to become rich. -Proverbs 23:4
“But seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”-Matthew 6:25-34