“But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints.”
As seen in our text, Eph 5:3, the bible ranks covetousness as grievous a sin as fornication. This is the same in Col 3:5.
In Luk 12:15, the bible tells the story of the rich fool. His barns were full to the brim, he was richer than he could possibly imagine, yet he was not satisfied. Some people are like that; they can never be satisfied, no matter how much they have. Some have it so bad, they think that their covetousness is God’s way of telling them they were made for more!
But Jesus’ message is clear: “And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” (Luk 12:15).
God has no problem with how rich you are, but he does have an issue with you being covetous. You can’t serve God and money. Just before you think it doesn’t matter, bear these in mind: There are twice as many verses on money than there are on faith and prayer combined. Jesus spoke more about money than about both heaven and hell.
There are five things you must bear in mind when it comes to handling our finances:
- The way you handle your finances matters to God; it is a testimony of the condition of your heart
- You must seek resources for godly reasons. 1Tim 6:10For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
- You must make meeting needs a priority
- You must have boundaries. It isn’t faith to keep breaking your barns and rebuilding new ones when there are people in physical and spiritual need.
- You must put my money where your faith is. Sponsor the spread of the gospel.
DO THIS: Work on each of the five points above.