“EVERY SERVANT OF GOD AND CHRISTIAN SHOULD MAKE THIS THEIR MOTTO”.
Paul, a true man of God said in (Acts 20:33) ‘I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold or apparel.’ Paul worked and ministered and was generous but he was not greedy. His confession should be branded into the heart of every minister of the gospel. Many today do covet and are greedy and live in luxury ! Paul knew the Divine Finger of God wrote the commandment ‘Thou shalt not covet.’ (Exodus 20:17)
Paul read the Old Testament and read where Moses needed godly men to assist him and these men were free from greed.
Exodus 18:21: ‘Thou shall provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of Truth, hating covetousness.’
O how my heart breaks to see people follow ministries that are void of the holy fear of God and distort the scriptures in order to gain financially. We need men who truly fear God and hate all forms of greed ! Men of truth. Holy, godly men whose lives are above reproach.
Paul was inspired by the Holy Spirit to say a minister must not be greedy for money. (1st Timothy 3:3) calls it ‘filthy lucre.’ Many are disqualified because of greed ! It is possible to use the ministry as an easy way to make money if a man does not fear God and has no integrity.Today we hear sermons on how to get rich instead of ‘beware of covetousness’. (Luke 12:15) ‘Take heed, and beware of covetousness, for an man’s life consists not in the abundance of things which he possesses.’ We tend to define life by what we own. Jesus said,’Take heed’. Jesus said ‘beware.’ This is His warning to us.Meditate on this holy scripture.
We hear so much about the ‘good life’ instead of the ‘godly life’. Covetousness is preached as though it was a virtue instead of a vice. And those who have much want more instead of heeding the Word in (Hebrews 12:5)
‘Let your conversation be without covetousness and be content with such things as ye have.’
That word conversation actually means your ‘lifestyle.’ The lest contented people I know are those who have the most material possessions. There is a lust for more and more. A covetous heart is never satisfied.
Peter had this to say in (Acts 3:6) ‘Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give I thee:In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.’The crippled man was instantly healed ! Peter was a humble godly man not a greedy man. He gave the man what he needed ! It was the real power of Jesus the Risen Lamb.
So Paul and Peter were not covetous or greedy for gain, they were just servants of Jesus. But things are so different today. Many ministers are ‘loaded down’ with silver and gold and they boast about it ! Silver and gold simply represents money and you cannot serve God and Money at the same time ,meaning a greedy person is not serving the Lord but his lusts for material things.(Matthew 6:24)
Now Peter was inspired to write that a minister must ‘Feed the flock of God which is among you,taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly ,not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind.’
Many do not feed the flock a diet of sound doctrine but teach new revelations that twist the truth and they do it for financial reward !
Peter then says in (1st Peter 5:3) that a real minister will not be a dictator but a godly example to the flock.Many arrogant ,selfish, greedy ministers abuse the sheep because they fear not God and they are covetous !
A true minister will be an example of humility, holiness and contentment. We will be a man with a passion for God and a servant of people. Read 1st Timothy 6:3-10. Study that passage carefully.
Ecclesiastes 5:10 ‘ He that loves silver shall not be satisfied with silver, nor he that loves abundance with increase :this is also vanity.’
GREED IS LIKE LUST IT IS NEVER SATISFIED.GREED IS A BURNING DESIRE TO HAVE SOMETHING FOR PERSONAL GRATIFICATION.GREED ALWAYS WANTS MORE AND IT WILL CONSUME YOU ! GREED CAN SO CONSUME YOU THAT YOU BECOME BLIND TO OTHERS NEEDS.
Beware of ministers who are preaching a message of materialism and greed !
(Isaiah 56:11) ‘Yea ,they are greedy dogs which can never have enough,and they are shepherds that cannot understand:they all look to their own way,everyone for his own gain.’
May we be content and be generous as the servants of God.
Brother David Cooke