A New Life: Dealing with Greed

Audio from Senior Pastor Vaughn Drawdy on Sunday morning January 29, 2017.

What is greed from a Biblical standpoint? What should a Christ follower do with that information? What is the measure of greed? How can we deal with greed in our own hearts?

Colossians 3:1-11 NIV
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

What is Greed?
Definition: intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food.
In context of this study: Greed is the insatiable desire to have more money or possessions for self-gratification, while ignoring God and eternity.
In the Text:
1 Timothy 6:10
Romans 7:7
Mark 7:21-22

How should Christians view greed and wealth?
Greed is a serious sin to be avoided; wealth is a serious responsibility to do good.
In the Text:
Colossians 3:5
1 Cor. 6:9-10
Ephesians 5:5
1 Corinthians 5:10-11

1 Timothy 6:9-10 NIV
Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

1 Timothy 6:17-18 NIV
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.