When I saw this storage unit at night the name of it was brightly lit up. It made me reflect on the role the storage unit plays in our materially blessed culture. So often, a life is marked and identified by its acquisitions. So often a life is judged by the accumulation of possessions. For some, the essence of their life is found within the four walls of a storage unit.
Today’s verse is a loving warning from the Lord. He understands how easy it is to fall into the trap of thinking that our possessions define us. If we measure our self-worth by what we own, then it would make sense to want more and more. But that is not where life is found. Jesus called Himself, “the life” (John 14:6). Greed whispers in our ear that life is found in the things we can touch. How else can we measure our failure and success?
Greed is sneaky and insidious. It is something that I need to guard against or it will influence my thoughts and my behavior. Regardless of how much I have, the world tells me that more is better. But in God’s economy, I am to be, “rich towards God.” (verse 21) And the only way I know to be on guard against greed is by being in His Word and reminding myself of what really constitutes life; a loving trusting relationship with my Creator. If I am greedy for anything, may it be more of Him, more of His love and beauty in my life!
Lord, be my defense against greed today.