“Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.” – Erich Fromm
“There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Greed can turn your heart from truth faster than just about anything. We have a clear truth presented in the New Testament that “…where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” – Matthew 6:21. If you want to know what you value the most in life, see
where you invest the most of your treasure, time, and talent. The thing we value most is easily identified when we examine our use of resources given to us. Someone who gives heavily to their church, is faithful to the house of God, and is deeply committed to their ministries is someone we would say has their ‘heart” in the work of the Lord. On the contrary, someone who loves fishing, talks all the time about fishing, goes fishing, spends tons of money on fishing, and thinks often about fishing is someone whose “heart” is in fishing. You will always have one passion and love that consumes the desires of your heart. You may love many things, but you will only ever give yourself wholly to one thing. “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
When an individual is overcome with a love of money, they are in for a world of hurt. “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred form the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” There are way too many stories of those who sold out for gain and greed.
Not every preacher on television is a crook, but a great many of them are. One of the most evident signs of a false preacher is their affection for monetary gain. I encourage you to look at the net worth and lavish living of some of these “preachers”. Somewhere along the way they sold out, and ministry became about the money (or they set out from the beginning with this intention in mind).
Balaam is one of the most maligned and denigrated of all the false prophets in the Scriptures. He is mentioned three times in the New testament, and multiple times in the Old Testament. Balaam is described this way: “Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness” – 2 Peter 2:15, “ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward.” – Jude 1:11, “hired Balaam against them, that he should curse them” – Nehemiah 13:2, and “they hired against thee Balaam the son of Beor” – Deuteronomy 23:4. Balaam’s testimony is this; he wanted gain, position, money, reward, and prestige. Balaam was unable to curse the people of God outright, but he did instruct the king of the Moabites, Balak, how he could destroy God’s people. Balaam’s instructions were to send their people to marry the Israelites, and thus persuade them to worship Baal and other false gods. The anger of God at Peor we read about in Numbers twenty five was a direct result of this comingling. Numbers 31:16 – “Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD.”
In the end, this great wickedness of Balaam did not pay off. He thought he would gain reward, but instead he gained judgment. Numbers 31:8 records, “Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword.” Joshua gives us some more details on this death in Joshua 13:22 – “Balaam also the son of Beor, the soothsayer, did the children of Israel slay with the sword among them that were slain by them.”
The clear lesson from the life of Balaam is serve the Lord for His glory and future reward, not for temporal gain here on earth. Jesus would explain this truth in the Sermon on the Mount this way, “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:” – Matthew 6:20
Today make a commitment to retire any desires for fame, position, or great riches by denying the Lord. It may prosper you temporarily in your work place or get you that raise, but it will cost you in the long run. Hang a spiritual sign about your heart that says, “NOT FOR SALE”. You have already been purchased, so the reality is that you are not for sale.
Daily Scripture Reading
Numbers 23 - 25
“He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the LORD his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them.“