Commands of Christ: 63

Beware of all greed.

Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”  Luke 12:15

Jesus illustrated this command by telling the parable of the Rich Fool.  Jesus made it clear that no matter how comfortable and pleasurable and easy you may be in this life, it will mean absolutely nothing if you are miserable and suffering for all eternity.  He made it clear that being rich toward God is quite different than being rich in this world.  In fact, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says we cannot serve both God and wealth.  It is one or the other.  They are mutually exclusive as a goal or a motivator.  We will definitely be called upon many times to sacrifice our own comfort and pleasure in this life in order to serve the purposes of God.

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