1 Peter 5:2 – ‘Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve;’
You may not realise it, but chances are there are members of God’s flock under your care. These could be family members that are new to Christ – siblings, children, even parents. Or they could be friends who you’ve been able to bring to Christ. Even new members in your local congregation will be looking to you. They will be observing how you live your life as a mature Christian; how you respond to others and show Christ’s love.
God’s word indicates that we should willingly shepherd God’s flock, being eager to serve. Likewise, we are advised to be ‘not greedy for money’. Perhaps this verse could be used as an argument for why Christian’s shouldn’t be wealthy.
Be Not Greedy for Money
Desiring wealth and being greedy I believe are two different things. Someone who has a healthy desire for wealth wants money that they can use to make a positive impact for God’s kingdom. They desire to have funds to help generate change.
Someone who is greedy wants finances for their own personal gain. The two are far from each other. Be not greedy for money, but desire to be a good steward of the finances God has blessed you with. In this way you are setting an example for the flock under your care and you are setting yourself up to acquire more money. Money, that you can use to make a change in this world.
Wealth tip – consider splitting your budget into the areas of tithes/offerings, living expenses and saving.