December 8, 2019
This week, Pastor Dylan shared a powerful message continuing our sermon series called “Luggage”, where we have been discussing the four enemies of the heart. The series scripture comes from Psalm 51:10, and the title of this week’s topic is what we consider the third enemy: “Greed.”
The biggest reason we struggle with greed in our lives, is because we are worrying about something. Whether it be money, time, resources or food, the only reason we ever struggle with greediness is because we do not know how to trust God completely with what He has for us. This may seem like a stretch but hear me out. If someone walks up to me and tells me that they are in desperate need of food, but I refuse to give them any because I am trying to save up money for a car, what does this say of me? My priorities lie in what I am looking forward to, because I am too worried to trust that God can do immeasurably more than I already had in my possession. We know we are called to be good stewards of our money, time, food, hospitality, yet we run around picking and choosing the situations where we can be generous because we don’t fully trust God has us in mind. God sees our needs long before we do. Our God created us, formed us, and set us apart for a purpose that is far beyond our imagination. I believe God has set me apart for a divine purpose on this earth. Yet, I don’t always buy a meal for someone else in need because I don’t think I’ll have enough money saved up to eventually acquire whatever earthly possession I think I need. Why?
I’ve been asking myself this question for a long time now. I am a 19-year-old girl in college. I am currently trying to save as much money as I can throughout the week. I have a full-time job, a position I have held for about 3 years. I have always had a heart for reaching out to others, lending money whenever I knew someone needed it, trusting my instincts and giving someone a gift, I felt prompted to give in that moment. My heart was always, “when I get a ton of money, I’m going to start buying people whatever they need, whenever they need it.” But now, I can barely even allow myself to go out and spend $5 on a meal when I haven’t eaten all day. I’m caught in this trap of believing that I must save every penny of my paycheck, or one day I will be broke and won’t be able to provide for myself.
Being young and in college, it’s hard not to get caught up in the money trap. Some people may feel like they have more of a balanced grasp on this but let me ask you this. Are you greedy with your time, only ever wanting to spend it with your significant other instead of going out and trying to minister to new people? Are you greedy with your alone time, meaning you spend so much time relaxing and entertaining yourself you don’t ever get in the word and spend time in the presence of God? There are many ways to get caught up in the trap of greed. The good news is, there’s only one solution. But it’s powerful enough to conquer any different kind of greed each one of us might be struggling with.
Faith. Faith in Jesus Christ, and what He promised us long before we were ever created. Long before we were a thought in our mother’s mind, God promised us He would keep us safe, protecting us from all harm. He promised if we just took delight in Him and His promises, He would give us our hearts every desire. He has promised to be with us, guiding us every step of the way. And He has promised to provide, in every circumstance only when we trust Him enough to be generous with others. Greed stems only from a lack of faith.
Jesus has my finances taken care of. He has a plan for me, and He has guided me slowly in the direction towards my calling. He has blessed me with abundantly more when I have obeyed His promptings, and He’s only going to continue to do so. Our hearts and our minds are imperiled constantly with the cravings and desires of the things which are only of this earth, instead of what truly matters. Let me ask you the same question Dylan asked us during service today. What are you holding onto you won’t be taking with you to heaven?
Our lives are short, and there’s no telling when our last day will be. I challenge you to find a way throughout this week to bless someone in a way that you wish you would be blessed. Do you love the thought of giving a random card throughout the week? Handwrite a card for someone else and give it to them as a surprise. Do you love the thought of someone just walking down the store aisle and seeing something that made them think of you? Well then, you go out and do the same thing, and purchase that said item to give to your person as a gift. Whatever it is you constantly desire, spend some time practicing giving it rather than receiving it.
Yes, there are practical decisions we must make throughout this life. But in the end, if you have no idea what to do, just let God be God. God will take care of it. Follow His promptings, take the next right step, and let God do the rest.
Dylan Robinson - September 22, 2019
From Series: "All Messages"
Hannah is a Senior at Marshfield High School and is currently a member of the worship team at The Well. She loves music and writing, and when she’s not at church, you can find her watching The Office!