A few weeks ago I went to the bread store near our house to pick up quite a few items for breakfast, since our son and family were going to eat with us. I grabbed a little basket from the stack. Inside the second basket underneath the one I picked up was a wad of bills. I saw a R$50 and a R$20 among others. There may have been as much as R$200, although I didn’t bother to count.
The wife of the store owner was at the register. I explained what I found and tried to give her the bills. She said since I found it, it was mine. I told her it wasn’t mine, and that somebody might come looking for it. So I insisted she take it. One lady witnessing our conversation congratulated me.
I picked up the items I’d gone for, paid for them, and left. I forgot about it. Continue reading
What makes all doctrines plain and clear?
About two hundred pounds a year,
And that which was proved true before
Proved false again? Two hundred more.
—Samuel Butler (1600-1680), in Hudibras. Part 3. Canto 1.
—Treasury of David—Psalm 26
Spurgeon quoted this verse, and nothing else, in his comment on Psalm 26.10, about sinners “who are always ready to do wrong or offer a bribe.” Remember that the pound is the UK’s currency.
Money changes what many people will preach as the truth. The Greek orators took up any argument for pay. That idolatry is found in religion today and in some places even in the church of God.
While we pray that the Lord of the harvest may send more workers into his fields, we pray also that they may be people of integrity and righteousness, people of conviction and loyalty to “the grace of God in all its truth” Col 1.6 (as rendered by the Brazilian NVI version).
Henry Ford said, “If money is your hope for independence you will never have it.” Money brings temporary physical comfort, little else. It’s a mirage.
The mirage keeps moving ahead of us. So we keep saying, “When I get X amount of money, I will do this or that, be able to pay off debts, be free to serve, to take more time, to have more means to help.” Continue reading
We complicate life. Instead of trusting in God, we take the reins and royally mess up by seeking other lords.
No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
Matthew 6:24 NET
Money destroys life. Any lord besides the Creator twists the divine purpose and diminishes man.
But we still live the fantasy of being able to hold on to God and to money, of pleasing the Lord and controlling Mammon, as if it were an inanimate object to be used and manipulated at our pleasure.
Until we wake up one day to discover that we are being controlled by it and that we are distant from God.
Brazil has become richer, and now people complain about the consumerism of Brazilian society. But those outside of Christ have no other reason for spending their money. The pleasures of the flesh mean everything to them. Helping one’s neighbor, when they do help, is to quiet the conscience.
Those who love pleasure become poor;
those who love wine and luxury will never be rich.
Proverbs 21:17 NLT Continue reading
We need to hold up wonderful examples like these. From Neal’s Daily Bread, sent out today. Continue reading
This article, on rejecting a business model in the church, deserves a close reading. Continue reading