Posts Tagged ‘greed’

  

“The greatest among you must be a servant.” (Matthew‬ ‭23:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, the notorious enemy at the Alamo, was a charming politician, but he was foolish in his ways. After being captured and allowing Texas its freedom, Santa Anna would be later released in 1837 by President Andrew Jackson, promising to never serve in politics again. That promise wouldn’t last. He would rise and fall numerous times in Mexico before eventually fleeing to Europe around 1855. He would die in Mexico in 1876 as a broken old man.

As the old saying goes, “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” It is a dangerous thing when we entertain the thought of arising to places where we can have others do what we want them too. Selfishness has no place in leadership. The lust for power and control is a corrupting cancer that no one is immune to.

If God raises you up as a leader, follow His example to be a Servant-Leader. God will only allow us to lead if He knows He can trust us to do the job right. Be safe and usable to God! You are loved today! 

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Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” (Psalms‬ ‭37‬:‭1, 4‬ NLT)

In a joint study between the Universities of Florida and Virginia, researchers got couples to perform a series of five tasks focusing on social or intellectual achievements. They found that while successful results for the male partner made both participants feel happy, successful results for the female partner transformed her boyfriend into a seething bundle of hate. In the afterglow of their partners’ success, most men saw their self-esteem plummet, even if the two had not been in direct competition during the task. The outcome: Envy makes for lousy relationships!

It’s hard not to envy others that seem to have it all. As Christians, we can easily develop a “victim mentality”, that it’s God’s fault for not blessing our faithfulness the way Satan is blessing those blasphemous pagans, or some such silliness as that. We regret our sacrifice and commitment because we want “stuff”, forgetting in our state of misplaced melancholy that the only reward those without God get IS in this life, with a horrible pricetag to pay later.

Avoid the trap of envy, even of the lives of other believers. God gives you what He knows you can safely manage! Be faithful with what you have and more will be provided when God knows He can trust you! Faithfulness always leads to blessings! You are loved today! Behave!

Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.” (Proverbs 11:4 NIV)

Angela Spaccia, the assistant city manager of Bell, CA, helped stuff hundreds of thousands of dollars into the pockets of the city’s top officials, including herself. Spaccia in one year alone took in $564,000. “Everyone’s greedy,” her defense attorney argued, “There’s no crime in taking too much money.” Jurors disagreed, finding Spaccia guilty on multiple counts of criminal behavior, including one misappropriation to the tune of $15.5 million!

Money is nice to have, but not worth ruining your life for. People destroy themselves chasing after things that matter less than what is really important, like family, peace, and contentment. Yet greed will take you a step further into the dark side by causing you to have a lesser regard for integrity, truth, and the things that please the heart of God.

Take time to review your priorities, what’s important to you. Money can’t buy everything, especially the important stuff, but it can destroy it. Work hard, plan your life right, then be content with what God blesses you with! After all, you can’t take it with you! You are loved today!

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