(Godly) Greed Is Good

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Matthew 7:7

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find ; knock, and it will be opened to you. “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

Taking a one day break from Proverbs to share something that struck me pretty powerfully today.

Imagine if you rubbed a lamp and a genie popped out granting you 3 wishes (and no wishing for more wishes).  Wouldn’t you try to hit a home run with each one?  You wouldn’t waste wishes on trivial things.

Now, I am certainly not comparing God to a genie.  This is not a name-it-claim-it sort of thing.  However, consider for a moment that we have the ultimate power in the universe in the Lord, who commands us to ask, seek, and knock at his door.  He wants to grant us our deepest desires and enrich our souls and all too often all we give him is a grocery list or a honey-do list.

The Desiring God blog talks about a similar topic today as well (and is the inspiration for this post).  It talks about  “the sin of not wanting enough.”

I’m no Gordon Gekko, but I would like to encourage you to get greedy.  Because in this instance, Godly greed (“for lack of a better word”) is good.

What depths of wisdom could we reach if every day we prayed for the Lord to expand our understanding of scripture?

How many lives could we change for the better if we prayed every day for the Lord to put someone in our path to share the Gospel with or to pour our hearts into?

How many blessings could we see if we prayed earnestly for those around us?

What kind of global impact would we have if we asked the Lord to help us change the world for the better? (even if we only see a small part of that happen in our lifetime)

Too often I feel guilty asking for too much because my heart wants temporal, frivolous things like cars and big screen TVs.  As a result I don’t ask for much at all.  Instead, I should be asking for much, much more.  If I can align my heart with the Lord’s there would be no limit to the prayers he would answer.


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