Greed – Proverbs 20:21

Proverbs 20:21 "An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed."

Those that haste to be rich will not be innocent (Prov. 28:20) This verse is talking about someone who expedites the natural process of getting an inheritance through evil actions whether it be through violence or ill-gotten gain (gambling). Warren W. Wiersbe gives this old Arabian Proverb in addressing the topic of greed, "Covetousness has for its mother unlawful desire, for its daughter injustice, and for its friend violence." How true! The greedy will do whatever it takes to get what they want.

A greedy person lives for himself. While, they may get what they want, the fruit of their actions is going to be rotten. If their end is not blessed, the opposite of blessed is cursed. Wiersbe then goes on to mention the words of John Wesley that he taught his congregation.

Do all the good you can,

By all the means you can,

In all the ways you can,

In all the places you can,

At all the times you can,

To all the people you can,

As long as you ever can.

Warren Wiersbe, Bible Exposition Commentary – Be Skillful (Proverbs), (Colorado Springs, CO: Victor, 2003), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 462.

Now that’s the recipe for unselfishness. You cannot be greedy living by those rules. So let’s ask ourselves, "Do I do whatever it takes to satisfy my fleshly desires? Will I do wrong to get what I want, or do I wait for God’s timing? Would you say your life is characterized by what John Wesley taught of doing all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, and as long as you can? How would your life be different if you did?

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