Hypothetical questions can be dangerous, but I’ll ask this one anyway. What would you be willing to do for 10 million dollars? In a recent poll, two-thirds of Americans would agree to at least one if not several of the following: would abandon their entire family (25%); would abandon their church (25%); would become a prostitute for a week or more (23%); would leave their spouse (16%); would withhold testimony and let a murderer go free (10%); would kill a stranger (7%); would put their children up for adoption (3%).
You may look at this list and say, “I’d never do that!” But look at what Jesus said: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions” (Luke 12:15). His point? “Don’t be so certain. Greed can creep into anyone’s life.” That’s true for me just as it is for you. Greed is perhaps one of the biggest blind spots for Americans. What concessions have we made to get more stuff? Neglecting our faith? Neglecting our families? Neglecting the work of the Lord? All of these are true temptations . . . and sins.
What’s the remedy? Take your greed to the cross in repentance. There at the cross you see you have everything you need in your Savior. There at the cross you find true contentment in your forgiveness. Earthly wealth is meaningless apart from Christ. With Christ, you see any wealth you do have as a gift from God to be used to his glory.