There’s a lot of cash in this picture!
1.3 million German Marks to be exact… yippiee!!!
There’s a problem, however. They don’t use Marks these days, they use Euros. There’s another problem. When these bills were the lawful currency, they were pretty much worthless. Back in those days, you’d need a bushel basket of these to buy a loaf of bread, so bad was the inflation…
Where is your treasure? If your treasure was in German Marks back in the day, your treasure was gone. Is your treasure in cash today? Of course you know where I’m going with this; Jesus taught that we should not store up treasure on earth, but rather that we should store up our treasure in heaven. Of course He was right! You know it and so do I.
So why do so many of us still place our hope and trust in money, insurance, retirement plans and stuff? One time I went to a ministers’ luncheon and the main topic of conversation was retirement planning. Another time I went and the main topic was guns, ammo and preparedness. I quit going.
Shouldn’t we be concerned more about serving the Lord than we are with money, investments and guns? I asked the group if they were planning on spreading the Gospel by using massive firepower… they looked at me like I was crazy. At least they got that part right. Where was service, disciple-making and saving the lost? Obviously I was being silly…
Well, maybe I’m not the one who is silly!
I can only speak for myself, but I think we are better off trusting Jesus and His Word than money, and let’s just forget that other stuff. No, I’m not suggesting that we don’t need to get on in this life; money is an important tool, but it is hardly a reliable one in which to put our hope. The day may come when we need to be able to protect our families from violence or civil discord, but in such a case, I doubt any of us can fight off the whole world in a shootout; I think we would most likely need to ask God for help.
What do you think would happen if we all decided to practice what we preach? What would happen if we put as much time and effort into doing God’s work as we do in making a living? It’s an interesting question to ponder.