May 1 Notes and Questions
If Money Could Talk
Week 2, “Beware of Greed”
Luke 12:15-21, Ecc. 5:10-15
God created the world.
Justin last week showed God created the universe and our world.
Giving shows your heart.
He also introduced the idea the where your money is there is where your heart is. He showed us an example of this. The example of this is the giving of the David, the leaders and people giving from their hearts in the giving of the money to build the temple.
We are blessed in the USA by God.
God has blessed us with wealth, health and freedoms. You are in the top 8% if you have a cell phone, average income, can read, have gone to school and lived over 65.
The Greed trap;
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.” And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain’. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself? This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:15–21)
When is it greed?
- It is a desire of our flesh. It is when it becomes more than meeting a real need. What we have is not good enough. We need to newest and more expensive phone with all the bells and whistles.
- It is a selfish need for more stuff. However, enough is not enough. No matter how much you have, you will always want more. Shown by story of rich man.
“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” (Luke 12:15)
“Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.” (Ecc. 5:10)
- It is when we covet the things that others have.
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor”. (Exodus 20:17)
- It is when our heart is not on God but on material wealth. This is when the thing we desire becomes more important to us then the love of God.
“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops”. (Proverbs 3:9)
“Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand.” (Ecc. 5:15)
The Bottom Line is this. Do not fall into the trap of Greed
- On a scale of 1-10, how blessed are you? What are some things in particular you have been blessed with?
- Read Luke 12:15-21, what do you think would be the problem if we “take life easy; eat, drink, and be merry”? How would you define greed? Can you give some examples of greed?
- Jesus said “life does not consist in an abundance of possessions”, what then does it consist of?
- Read 1 Timothy 6:9-10, what do you think is the trap that is referred to in verse 9 (give examples)? What are some things that can lead us to wandering away from the faith? Are there ways to know that we are headed towards the trap?
- How can we tell the difference between being responsible and being greedy?
- John mentioned our desires of the flesh. What are some things that our flesh desires? Are these things forbidden in scripture? How can these desires become sins?
- Read Ecclesiastes 5:10-15, how can wealth harm the owner of the wealth? What are some examples of how a love of money can lead to problems?
- What does if mean to covet? Why do you think God would forbid covetousness? Can you share examples of covetousness you’ve seen or experienced yourself?