Saturday, May 25

generosity: confession

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.’” Matthew 6:22-24 (ESV)

"If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” 1 John 1:8-10 (ESV)

When did you last find yourself mourning the greed in your life? Have you ever sought pastoral counsel to help you address greed?

Greed hides itself. It blinds us. This makes it especially dangerous. If you are committing adultery you know. But regarding greed, we generally think it does not apply to us. Perhaps a little, but we need only to identify someone else—and we all have that someone else—who has more of our precious things and uses them more excessively on himself. “That person is greedy and I am not like him so I must not struggle with greed,” we reason.

You know what Jesus says in response? Watch out! Stand guard against all kinds of greed. (Luke 12:15)

We have explored generosity, but, as in all things pertaining to Christian living, we must return to the Gospel. Our greed nailed Jesus to the cross. It is that serious. Sin always is. The pursuit of the generous life must start with repentance.

Jesus, however, did not stay dead. He rose from the dead and invites each of us into the same resurrection power. We may be greedy, but he has not left us in our greed. He gives us his Spirit for the journey of generous living.

Prayer: Almighty God, I am a greedy person. Have mercy on me. Forgive me. May I joyfully, obediently, and sacrificially give my precious things for the betterment of others, my preservation, and your pleasure. I confess my inability to do this in my own strength. Holy Spirit, I rely on you. Amen.

Justin W.