What is on this earth that can’t be destroyed? Hurricanes, tornados, floods, they all have the force to wipe out cities. Corrupt authority as well is a destroyer that can have the power to take down nations. Natural disasters and evil are devastating, tragic forces, but the worst part about both of them is that we never know when they will strike.
The one thing that lives on this earth that can’t be destroyed is God.
Greed is not a quality that God accepts, and greed is considered idolatry according to scripture. So those of us who have said I have never worshiped and idol may want to examine our lives one more time.
What is greed?
Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 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 12:13-21).
The problem isn’t that the man had an over abundance of resources. The problem is that the man consulted his own desires before the Lord’s. His first mistake was putting all of his confidence in the crops. He was confident his stock would provide him a good life. He had an abundance of resources, and he believed that they were all he needed. However, God says that ‘life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.’ Jesus is life, or life consists in God. Without God, there would be no life. In other words, possessions can be swept away over night, but Jesus Christ will never die. Not by the winds of a tornado and not by the evil of a nation, Jesus will never be destroyed.
A person who is rich in the ways of God would not have put his confidence in his crops. His confidence would have fallen on God. But most importantly, a person who is rich in the ways of the Lord would have, eventually, sat down in prayer to ask the Lord what he or she should do with the abundance of crops.
Getting rid of greed in our lives is as easy as that. All we have to do is consult the Lord by prayer and reading his Word. All we have to do is ask him what he would like us to do with our wealth.
Furthermore, there are other things on this earth that can’t be destroyed, and those things are the qualities of God. Love and joy. Peace and grace. Mercy, forgiveness and kindness. Self-control, justice and generosity… and the list of characteristics goes on. With Christ, we are wealthy in ways that are more powerful than possessions. We are rich in the characteristics of the Holy Spirit. We have joy in times of disparity. We have peace in times of stress. We have the power of kindness when we should be furious.
Nobody can take away our richness in the Spirit, but it is up to us if we are willing to be rich in the ways of the Spirit at times that seem unnatural. It is up to us if we are willing to hoard our kindness when we are angry or keep our pride after learning the truth. It is up to us if we want to be greedy with our gifts of the Holy Spirit or give them to the world as Christ gave them to us.