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.




Humility (Phil. 2:3)

Grumbling (Phil. 2:15)


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.”


Jesus is enough to satisfy my life.

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


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.


Contentment: I have enough

Covetous: I never have enough


Serve as a member of God’s family

Be served as a consumer


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)


A blessing to embrace

A burden to escape


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

Temporal: pessimistic/anxious


Time, energy, and resources go to God

Time, energy, and resources go to me


Jesus and his achievement

My abilities and my achievements



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. 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.
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