Letting Go Of Greed

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ as made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

Galations 5:1

I once read about a tribe of Africans who used a unique technique to catch a monkey. They cut a small hole in a large, choice pumpkin and placed many seeds and nuts inside. The “smart” monkey comes along and sticks his hand into the hole of the pumpkin. Once inside, he gathers a big handful of seeds and then tries to pull his hand out. The hole isn’t large enough  for the monkey’s full hand to come out. Now, the monkey  could simply let go of the “good stuff,” pull his hand out, and be on his way. Instead, the greedy monkey refuses to let go, so he is caught. The Africans return after a little while to carry the captured monkey home to their village.

We say, “What a silly monkey!” Yet, aren’t we just like him? We greedily put ourselves into compromising positions, hoping that if we can just hold on long enough, we will go home with the “prize.” Instead, we end up in bondage.

What am I holding onto that is keeping me away from God’s best for my life? Is it money? Is it jealousy? Is it bitterness? Is it adulterous fantasies? Whatever it is, I will let it go today.

Prayer:  Lord, give me the good sense to let go of the things that entangle me and reach out to the One who sets me free.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s