Maybe you’ve heard of the “seven deadly sins.” According to the list of serious sins formalized by Pope Gregory I (c. A.D. 600), greed is #3, outranked only by lust and gluttony. You could argue that all sins are deadly (true) and that there are far more than merely seven (true). Still—that ancient listing shows a sad experience with universal human corruption. People easily fall in love with their stuff.
Or with the stuff they expect to get or wish to get. “One eager to get rich will not go unpunished” (Proverbs 28:20). I can spot materialism far more quickly in other people than I can in myself. But that’s an excuse. There is greed in my heart too.
Any talking about the Bible’s view of money must start here—with the common human sin of greed, i.e., craving money’s power, influence, and security. A spiritually healthy attitude about money must recognize greed for the disease that it is and repent of it. Only through Christ’s forgiveness can the healing begin. “Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death” (Proverbs 11:4).
What do you love? Whom do you love?
Are you a wealthy person? You’d probably say no. You’ve probably fantasized a thousand times about what you’d do if you had some real money. There’s always a better car, a better house, a better paycheck dangling in front of you.
But you really are wealthy, you know. Jesus Christ has made you a spiritual millionaire. Everything on this earth is fading; only what is in heaven will last. Possessing cash is like playing a temporary board game—you have a little fun and then it’s over. The Bible tells us the marvelous story of how God’s Son, Lord of the Universe, impoverished himself on this planet so that he could give us access to the eternal joy of heaven.
“You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9). Your greatest treasure is the forgiveness of sins that you enjoy through the shed blood of Jesus. For it is that forgiveness that guarantees that you may call yourself Jesus’ brother or sister and claim heaven as your real home.
Heaven eternally is better than cash now. Do you believe that?