Jeremiah 5-6

“From the least to the greatest, their lives are ruled by greed. From prophets to priests, they are all frauds. They offer superficial treatments for my people’s mortal wound. They give assurances of peace when there is no peace.” 6:13-14

Mortal wound. I love that metaphor. There was a lot in these chapters to walk through, but this part particularly jumped out to me.

There are hurting people. Being offered bandaids and worthless salve, smoothed on by liars. If you believe in God and he’s changed your life, you have what they really need. The gospel.

How much longer will I say nothing to worn out hearts? To suffering friends? To lost, broken people? Money, possessions, and the false gospel of Americanism will not save them. Or you. Or me. Only Jesus provides us with peace and heals our mortal wound. 

When I read the verse above about lives being ruled by greed, I thought about the most harmful way greed impacts my life. I’m greedy with my comfort. Reaching out to someone with the strong message of the gospel takes work, work I don’t always want to participate in.

Has God been putting someone on your heart to share the gospel with?

Let’s pray that we are responsive to the lost and the hurting.



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