Not Greed


Do you believe in angels? I do: DR MAX PEMBERTON explains why a homeless man and the goodness of one woman means that he does

I believe in angels. I hope you do also.  Sometimes we “entertain angels unaware” with the good deeds we do.  I think that sometimes, like in the article above, our angels whisper in our ears to pay attention.  I also believe we each have an angel as indicated in scripture, both to protect us and to report in to God about us, whether good or bad.  See 2 Peter 2: “…those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries, 11 whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord.”  So angels DO talk to God about what they see us do.

Sometimes people get too wrapped up in angels, and forget about their Maker, which is a big mistake. From Colossians 2:18:  “Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind…“

I doubt anyone in the article linked above is an angel. I do believe that their actions may well have been the result of a nudge from their own angels.  I have no doubt their angels gave a favorable report to God.  Why?  Their actions fall under the category of “Not Greed.” Unlike what we saw in my last post, these people performed life-saving good deeds at their own peril.  Psalm 15 describes the person whom God favors:

“1Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill?

2 He who walks uprightly,     And works righteousness,     And speaks the truth in his heart; 3 He who does not backbite with his tongue,     Nor does evil to his neighbor,     Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend; 4 In whose eyes a vile person is despised,     But he honors those who fear the Lord; He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;…”

I once picked up a couple hitch-hikers as I drove from Toledo to Cleveland. Two girls.  My training told me picking up hitch-hikers is dangerous; male or female.  A slightly stronger voice – my angel? – said, “They need help.  Stop.”  I did, and was glad of it.

Why should we risk? Why should we do good, especially when it’s a pain in the posterior?  God tells us in his Word:

  1. That’s the loving response to His love for us that He relishes.
  2. We might be getting tested by an angel…live and in person.
  3. Our personal angel is taking notes and sharing them with God.
  4. It’s good for us! Paul writes that’s why God has “prepared good deeds in advance for (us) to do.”

If you’ve ever watched Mythbusters, you’ll recall a welded sign is dropped into view at the end of each myth-testing segment; either “Confirmed” or “Busted.” Imagine that, at the end of each episode of your life, a sign is dropped into view; “Not Greed” (Confirmed by God) or “Greed” (Busted!).

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