Good Greed

 

“We cannot be hungry for God if we are being satisfied with other things.”

Rhonda Hughey

I confess. I struggle with greed. The 1828 Noah Webster dictionary defines greed as “having a keen desire of anything; eager to obtain.” I have an insatiable desire for more of God. I can’t seem to get enough of Him.

When I repented and asked Jesus Christ to become my Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit came to live inside of me. At that moment of salvation, I received all of God. Even though I know the entirety of God lives within me, I want more of Him. The problem lies not in how much I have of God, but how much God has of me. When I give God greater access to more of myself then I have access to more of Him. When there’s less of me ruling and reigning within my heart then King Jesus will have more power over it. My heart is like a container completely full of God, but the more self-centered I am, the less evident God is.

I live for growing closer and nearer to God’s heart. I desire to be in hot pursuit of God each day of my life. I don’t want the intimacy I have with God today be the same intimacy I have with Him tomorrow. I want my relationship with God to never be good enough. In no way do I want to become satisfied or content in my connection with God.

What do you live for? Is it to have more money or possessions? Do you wake up each day in passionate pursuit of growing your business? Maybe you’re zealous about exercise and eating right. Are you greedy to have more time to spend on your hobbies and interests?

Jesus, in Matthew 22:37-38, discourages moderation when it comes to loving Him. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” The Lord doesn’t want our devotion to be divided. He wants all of our devotion and for us to be completely His.

God informed me last week that He would never allow me to become satisfied with my level of intimacy with Him. He likened it to the Lay’s potato chip marketing ad that you can’t eat just one and you always have to go back for more. He said I’ll continually be dipping my hand back into the bag of intimacy with the Lord to pull out another way to grow closer to Him.

My prayer for you is that you will be able “to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17b-19)

If your greed has everything to do with receiving more of God and Him having greater access in your heart, then greed is good.

“Loving and being loved by God is the greatest joy a person can experience – it’s what we were created for.”

Rhonda Hughey

Relevant Reflections:

1. What are you greedy for?

2. In what area of your heart do you want God to have greater access?

3. Spend time in prayer asking God to cause you to fall more madly in love with Him.

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