As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life. (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
This greed that Gandhi speaks of and that Paul cautions us against is not just about money. It is greed in our heart that keeps our minds bound up. Greed is a product of a scarcity mentality where there is never enough to go around. Yet, it is in giving and putting all hope in God that we find abundant life.
This message is adapted from a devotion by Delores Yancey, published in a Women of the ELCA stewardship guide. Today we remember Olavus Petri, priest, who died in 1552; Laurentius Petri, bishop of Uppsala, who died in 1573; renewers of the church.
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