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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