Denny Petrillo write the following about the word, “greed.” The first century was unquestionably materialistic. The desire for more ‘things’ (be ir houses, clothes, slaves or riches) saturated the society. Paul ends this section of scripture concluding that the absence of this is what is proper among saints. Christians are to be imitators of God, not being like the hedonistic people and their practices.
The teaching of of Jesus is that we should delight in God rather than earthly things and attitudes and practices. We should “store up treasure in heaven (Luke 12:32-34.) Paul wrote in I Tim. 6:6, “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” Christians must find satisfaction in the things of God. We must use what God has blessed us with (including our money) for the right purposes rather than worshiping money, we must worship God with all our heart, mind, and soul.