Gratitude vs Greed

My friend Jamie Munson over at Resurgence has posted an excellent article on the difference between two controlling motives in our lives. I wanted to share his table with you here, and encourage you to go read the whole post.

Gratitude

Greed

Attitude

Humility (Phil. 2:3)

Grumbling (Phil. 2:15)

Perspective

Grace: “I am a sinner who deserves death but Jesus paid the price andgave me his perfect righteousness.”

Entitlement: “I am a good person who deserves heaven—plus a comfortable, pain-free existence in the meantime.”

Desire

Jesus is enough to satisfy my life.

Jesus is not enough. I want wealth / fame / comfort / power as well.

Money

God gives. Therefore my money is his, and I use it to glorify him.

I earn. Therefore my money is mine, and I use it however I please.

Possessions

Contentment: I have enough

Covetous: I never have enough

Church

Serve as a member of God’s family

Be served as a consumer

Job

Work heartily for the Lord; cultivating thanks for God’s provision (Deut. 8:17; Col. 3:23)

Work begrudgingly for the man; becoming bitter and jealous against others (James 3:16)

Family

A blessing to embrace

A burden to escape

Future

Eternal: optimistic/hopeful (2 Cor. 4:7–9)

Temporal: pessimistic/anxious

Worship

Time, energy, and resources go to God

Time, energy, and resources go to me

Identity

Jesus and his achievement

My abilities and my achievements

Giving

Generous

Guilt- or gain-motivated (or non-existent)

via Have It All or Want It All? | The Resurgence.

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Adrian Warnock is a medical doctor, and a writer. Since 1995 he has been a member of Jubilee Church London which has sites in Enfield, Wood Green and Ilford. Adrian serves as part of Jubilee's leadership team alongside Tope Koleoso. Together they have written Hope Reborn - How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus, published by Christian Focus. Adrian is also the author of Raised With Christ - How The Resurrection Changes Everything, published by Crossway. Read more about Adrian Warnock or connect with him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.

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