WE ALWAYS WANT MORE
Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 NLT
Let’s talk a minute about idolatry. The Bible has a lot to say about the worship of idols. There are a lot of people in our present culture who think of an idol as a wood carving or golden image. They would quickly say they have no idols in their lives. But the truth is many people have idols. We can make idols out of people—celebrities or sports figures that we want to be like and emulate. We can make idols out of our children—that’s a plan for destruction. Some make idols out of their jobs. An idol is anything that you turn to bring you joy and satisfaction. In that definition alcohol, drugs, entertainment, pornography, and a lot of other things can become idols in our lives. But God stated from the beginning we were to make Him first in our lives and have no idols. In American culture money can become a big idol. We look to our money to provide the life we want. Money is seen as a means to satisfaction, enjoyment, and status. Yet it often fails to provide the satisfaction we desire. God wants to be our source of identity and fulfillment. He wants to be the very source that gives us self-worth and satisfaction. If we allow money to become our idol, we are worshipping the wrong god. Money can let us down and there is never enough—we always want more. If money is our idol we open our lives to greed and envy—we are always comparing ourselves with others and wanting to have more than them. Do you look at money as an idol? How about changing your view of money and see it as a tool instead of an idol. Make money a tool to accomplish God’s work through your life.
Holy Spirit please help me to have Your view of money. Forgive me for the times I’ve made money an idol. Help me to recognize greed and envy in my life and repent of those horrible sins.
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