II Kings 5:20-27
20 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, “Look, my master has spared Naaman this Syrian, while not receiving from his hands what he brought; but as the Lord lives, I will run after him and take something from him.” 21 So Gehazi pursued Naaman. When Naaman saw him running after him, he got down from the chariot to meet him, and said, “Is all well?”
22 And he said, “All is well. My master has sent me, saying, ‘Indeed, just now two young men of the sons of the prophets have come to me from the mountains of Ephraim. Please give them a talent of silver and two changes of garments.’”
23 So Naaman said, “Please, take two talents.” And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and handed them to two of his servants; and they carried them on ahead of him. 24 When he came to the citadel, he took them from their hand, and stored them away in the house; then he let the men go, and they departed. 25 Now he went in and stood before his master. Elisha said to him, “Where did you go, Gehazi?”
And he said, “Your servant did not go anywhere.”
26 Then he said to him, “Did not my heart go with you when the man turned back from his chariot to meet you? Is it time to receive money and to receive clothing, olive groves and vineyards, sheep and oxen, male and female servants? 27 Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and your descendants forever.” And he went out from his presence leprous, as white as snow.
One show my son and I watch together is a “reality” show about entrepreneurs who are seeking to start, grow, or save their businesses. Some aspire to license or promote their products or services while others use the show as free advertisement.
A panel of renown business people who have made millions and even billions of dollars for themselves assess the risks involved in making an investment in any of the ideas presented to them.
These investors are there to make money. It seems some good is a result, as they help the owners and jobs are created; however, the focus for these wealthy men and women is to profit from their endeavors.
When is the line crossed over to greed? The Lord knows the motives of the heart, that is the only answer I have. What is the reason for wanting more? Is it for selfish gain or to share with those in need? If it is indeed to give to others, is that from genuine generosity or to be recognized by others.
At what point is enough, enough?
Oh Lord, our Wonderful Provider
Thank You for what You have given us
Please let us keep in clear perspective why we ask for more than we have
Father, please allow us to realize when we are being reasonable]
Please call us to be generous with what we have, Lord
Please give us a willingness to share our resources, effort and time
With those who need it, God
We are selfish by nature, Lord
Please draw us closer to You
That we might learn what it truly means to give
Teach us, please, how to appreciate our gifts
And how to share the blessings You have allowed
In the Name of Jesus, Who gave His very life for us,
“I Have Been Blessed”
credits: FATHER, SON, HOLY SPIRIT, SCRIPTURE
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