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<< Then & Now for Teens, with Dan Darling

Then & Now - Week of October 20

  • 2008 Oct 20
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“Greed Kills” 
1 Timothy 6:6-10

When I was in high-school, I remember reading the famous verse in 1 Timothy that says, “the love of money is the root of all evil,” and thinking, Well, I don’t have that problem, because I don’t have any money. Can’t be greedy if you don’t have anything in your wallet, right?  

It wasn’t until a few years ago that I figured out that greed isn’t just something rich guys on Wall Street have.

In fact this “love of money” has the potential to destroy what God intends to give to young people.

Greed is something that starts small. The world sends subtle messages every single day. Messages that whisper to young people:  

  • If only you had money, you could get that girl.  
  • If only you had the right clothes, you could hang out with the important people.  
  • If only you lived in the right neighborhood, you could realize your potential.  
  • If only you gave up your old-fashioned values, you would have a lot more fun.  

The Bible says that greed destroys. What is greed? It is a “love of money.” You’ll notice that money itself isn’t wrong. In fact, many of the godliest people in the Bible  were wealthy.

But loving money is wrong. Why is it wrong? Because if we’re loving money, then we’re not loving God. You see, God wants all of us.

Loving money is also dangerous. It drives people to do things they normally wouldn’t do. Like murder. Like steal. Like destroy relationships. How many homes have been torn apart because of money disputes?

As a teen you just want to be accepted by people you think are important. You’re surrounded by images in the culture that shout, “If only you had this product or that product or tried this lifestyle—then you’d be accepted.”

Don’t believe it. Greed destroys. Instead, pursue acceptance by God. Romans 8:36-39 says that nothing can separate you from His love.

Think:

  • Have I bought the lie that says, “If I only had ____ I’d be happy”? 

Daniel Darling is an author and pastor with a passion for young people. He is the author of Teen People of the Bible, a 100-day devotional for teens. Visit him at danieldarling.com.

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