Are You Hoarding God’s Blessings?

Devotion for Thursday August 3, 2017

Topic: Are You Hoarding God’s Blessings?

Text: Luke 12:13 – 14

Jesus while teaching on greed gave a parable about this man. The Greek word for greed literally means the thirst for having more. Working to provide for you family’s need is not covetousness. However, while we work for our needs, we must be rich towards God by seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Little did the poor fool (though materially rich) in our text, so wise in matters of earthly business, suspect that the awful doom was close to him. He forgot what Solomon said, “Do not boast about tomorrow” (Proverbs 27:1).

Jesus used this parable to teach the dangers in greed and covetousness. This farmer saw his wealth as an opportunity to please himself. He had no thought of others or of God. There’s certainly nothing wrong in following good business principles, or even with saving for the future (1 Timothy 5:8). This man had a false perception or view of life and death. He thought that life comes from accumulating things and death was far away.

On March 11, 1856, Henry David Thoreau wrote in his journal, “That man is the richest whose pleasures are cheapest.” He also said, “A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.” Being wealthy is not sin rather making wealth your god (Colossians 3:5). The man lived without God and died without God and his wealth was but incident in his life. What about you? How do treat God’s blessings upon your life; Are you hoarding it for you and your posterity  or you are using it to please yourself or to please God? Beware!

Food for Thought: Wealth and pride are enemies of salvation

Memory verse: Luke 12:19

Prayer: O God, make me rich towards you by seeking seeking first your kingdom and His righteous in Jesus name.


Beware Of Covetousness


Devotion for Sunday April 23, 2017

Topic: Beware Of Covetousness

Text: Luke 12:15 – 21

People are of the opinion that life consist of what one possess. They forget that the length, usefulness, happiness of neither a man’s life in this world nor his eternal life hereafter, depend not upon the amount of his earthly possessions. It is man’s foolishness to think so. The tenth commandment says, “You shall not covet.” Jesus warns us here about the dangers of covetousness with the story in Luke 12:16–21. God took this man’s life because he failed to acknowledge Him as the source of all he had. Though sometimes it is necessary to have some of the world’s good things of life for our comfort and happiness, yet abundance is not necessarily essential. When we accumulate them in abundance for selfish reasons it amounts to covetousness. There are many dangers that go with covetousness. Covetousness killed Judas Iscariot. It turns people’s heart from following God. It makes people to kill, tell lies and it a result of greed. A covetous man will continue to acquire without getting satisfied. It can lead to the person losing the ones he already had. Covetousness can lead us into problem. Avoid it and learn to be contented with what you have. Those that will not be contented with what God has given to them will not be comfortable and satisfied with whatever they achieve. Therefore, beware!

Food for Thought: Ecclesiastics 5:10

Memory verse: 1 Timothy 6:7

Prayer: 1. God, uproot any form of covetousness in my life. 2. Grant me the grace to be content with your allotment for me in Jesus name.