Thursday, 25 July 2013

Today Reminder - 25 July 2013 (Greed)

A reminder for today
But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha, the man of God, said to himself, "My master should not have let this Aramean get away without accepting any of his gifts. As surely as the LORD lives, I will chase after him and get something from him." So Gehazi set off after Naaman. (2 Kings 5:20-21)

Naaman was the commander of King Aram’s army and although he was a great warrior he suffered from leprosy. He came to Elisha for help and Elisha send a messenger to tell Naaman to wash himself seven times in the Jordan River. After doing this he was cured and he wanted to reward Elisha, but Elisha did not accept any gifts from him. 

Elisha’s servant Gehazi was driven by greed and used the situation to his advantage. "Yes," Gehazi said, "but my master has sent me to tell you that two young prophets from the hill country of Ephraim have just arrived. He would like 75 pounds of silver and two sets of clothing to give to them." (Verse 22)

Gehazi’s greed ended in a terrible punishment when he returned to his master and hid the gifts. He lied to Elisha when Elisha confronted him on where he has been. God had already told Elisha what had happened and so Gehazi was punished for his greed.

Because you have done this, you and your descendants will suffer from Naaman's leprosy forever." When Gehazi left the room, he was covered with leprosy; his skin was white as snow. (Verse 27)

Greed is a terrible thing and we see it every day. People end up in terrible financial problems, because they wanted what they cannot afford. We seem to live in a world where everybody wants only the best and the need for things that are too expensive grips so many into financial ruin.

My dear friend, do not allow greed to mislead you into wanting what you cannot have. Greed easily turns into desire and before you know it you are knee deep in trouble. We should strive to live with contempt hearts and seek only more of Jesus. This world is a temporary dwelling for us and the things of this world should have no value for us. We should strive to live for Jesus and be contempt with what we have. A bigger house, a faster car and fancy clothes is not going to open the gates of heaven for you. 

Let us continue to seek Jesus and strive to live a life that will glorify Him as we live to show Jesus to the world. 

Have and awesome day dear friend of Jesus