The famous businessman John Rockefeller was asked, “How much money does it take to satisfy a man?” He replied, “Just a little bit more.”
His answer was insightful—not only about how a lot of people think about money, but about how a lot of people think about life in general. ‘If only I had better clothes, or a nicer house, or was more popular, or had better grades,’ they think, ‘then everything would be perfect.’
But more doesn’t always mean better. And it certainly doesn’t equate to faithfulness.
So how do you resist the sin of greed, especially in a culture of consumerism, excess and more?
Writing in 1 Corinthians 4:7 Paul said, “What do you have that you did not receive?” He was reminding them that all the good things they have in their lives are gifts from God.
The same is true for you. All the good things you have in your life are gifts from God.
And when you focus on being thankful for what ALREADY have, you’re less worried about what you DON’T have.
In short, the more grateful you are the less greedy you are.
So how do you increase your gratitude?
You intentionally say thank you to God for what you ALREADY have.
Maybe it’s when you’re driving, or lying in bed, or on a break between classes, or folding laundry. Start to thank him. A warm home, a friend to call, food in the fridge, a church family, singing birds…
Resist greed. It poisons your soul.
The more grateful you are the less greedy you are.
By Matthew Ruttan
- Today’s “Up!” is based on my Sunday podcast—Part 3 in the “Keeping up with the Joneses” series. It’s called “Fighting Greed in a Culture of More.” You can listen to the 21-minute message here. Enjoy!