Don't Be Greedy

Don't Be Greedy

“He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house, but he who hates bribes will live” ( Proverbs 15:27). How do these words of wisdom apply to a happy financial situation? Well there are many ways we can hurt our household by being greedy for gain. Sometimes in our lust for material things we can attempt to live beyond our means and put our family in a poor situation.

Advertisements can attempt to bribe us into needlessly spending money by offering peace and happiness in exchange for wasting the money God has given us on things we know we don’t even need. There is a whole a category of advertisements known as feel good ads that place the product in a setting to invoke positive emotions in order to make you associate the product with positive things that the product itself does not actually cause.

For example, when people are trying to sell beer they don’t show a depressed man whose wife just left him because of his addition as a selling point. Instead they surround the product use with friends and family enjoying themselves to suggest their product will help you improve your relationships with others when it can actually destroy relationships and life itself. The wise Jewish King Solomon warned “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise” (Proverbs 20:1).

Of course commercials for alcoholic drinks are not the only ones that use this method. Many advertisements for products and services often try to subconsciously suggest those who use their items or services will have an enriched social life which no product in and of itself can bring. The key to not being greedy for gain is remember these words “And He [Yeshua] said to them, ‘Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses’” (Luke 12:15).

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21). “Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content” (1 Timothy 6:6-8).

When you are tempted so buy something you don’t need, stop and remember that this life is temporary; nothing we buy here will last, but what we do for others will. If you focus on the big picture -- it is easier not to indulge in your desire for instant gratification that will last only a moment -- you understand that you can have treasure that will last for eternity.

There is no need to spend recklessly, trying to fulfill your life with needless material things when God is the fulfillment of your life. God promises that there is more life to come that is better than anything you may waste money on here. When you are content to live humbly and invest in helping others, more than in buying material things to glorify self, you will make better financial choices now that can help you avoid a lot of debt and live a truly fulfilling life.

Related Articles

More From Gelt

Live Like the Rich

At some point in your life, I'm sure you have said to yourself, "I wish I was really wealthy,"…
Live Like the Rich

Developing a Saver's Attitude

The strikes at both the American and the world economy keep coming. According to the February…
Developing a Saver's Attitude
FQs for Kids

FQs for Kids

When I was a teenager, the educators of my day believed that your IQ, or your Intelligent…
FQs for Kids
Restoring a Treasured Tradition

Restoring a Treasured Tradition

Vacations! Vacations? Vacations. Different emotions and feelings come with the word “vacation.”…
Restoring a Treasured Tradition

Are You Ready to be 100?

Increasingly, 100 year-olds are making the news.Two years ago Emma Hendrickson became the…
Are You Ready to be 100?

Shoppers Unite

Did you know that shopping is a science? At least it is to the modern business retailer who not…
Shoppers Unite
Money management found in Scriptures

Money

Are all Jewish people rich? Do all Jewish people manage their finances well?
Money

Digging Out of Debt

Adjectives give 'flavor and taste' to the plain old English noun. However, the descriptive…
Digging Out of Debt

Easy Gain Easy Loss

If you want financial advice the wise King Solomon once said this, “Money that comes easily…
Easy Gain Easy Loss

Oh No! It's Not Taxes Again!

Well, tax time is here again and it strikes fear in the hearts of many Americans.
Oh No! It's Not Taxes Again!

Go for the Goal

You and I have goals. We all have aspirations. Sticking to them is our quandary.
Go for the Goal

Slash Your Grocery Bill

If you are like the majority of shoppers, you are feeling the shock of higher grocery prices.…
Slash Your Grocery Bill

Jeff and Barbara

Jeff and Barbara met and fell in love. Both were native New Yorkers.
Jeff and Barbara

The Eighth Wonder

The Greeks believed there were seven wonders of the ancient world. Unfortunately, only one of…
The Eighth Wonder

Publish the Menu module to "offcanvas" position. Here you can publish other modules as well.
Learn More.


donation