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Day Three – The idolatry of greed

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6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

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Today's Devotional


Several hundred years ago, John Calvin was calling people back to the study of Scripture, back to the doctrines of grace, back to the important fact that salvation comes through Christ alone. He was an extremely prolific writer, a passionate preacher, and – most importantly – a committed follower of Christ.

And one of the profound things that John Calvin figured out is this: “The human heart is an idol factory… Every one of us from our mothers womb is an expert in inventing idols.” Of course, this doesn’t mean that we’re all silversmiths or goldsmiths, with the inborn ability to create statues of gods; instead, our hearts turn good gifts from God into things that we worship.

In Colossians 3:5, Paul tells us to put to death many things that belong to our earthly nature, including “greed, which is idolatry.” He’s telling us that the good gift of material things – which can be used to bless others, to provide for our well-being, and overall can be enjoyed – can sometimes grow into idols that are equally or more valued than God Himself.

That same idea is found in today’s passage; money isn’t the root of evil, the LOVE OF money is. Being heavenly minded means that our love for God – and worship of Him – is greater than anything that this world has to offer.


Today's Challenge


Challenge: Are there certain things that you desire too much? Do they consume you more than your desire for God?

Pray that God would be first in your life. Ask His Holy Spirit to show you any unhealthy desires you have, so that you world worship God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.


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