Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Keeping Money In Its Place

Here's a little experiment I want you to try. All you need is a Bible and a quarter. Put the Bible on a table or counter top in front of you. Now closely inspect the quarter. Make sure there are no holes in it and it has the right dead President on it. Now stand about 3 feet from the Bible holding the quarter in your right hand between your thumb and index finger. While looking at the Bible, close your left eye. Slowly lift the quarter in front of your face, holding it at arms length between you and your Bible. Now slowly bring the quarter towards your open right eye. Bring it closer and closer until it covers your right eye. Now don't poke your eye out with it. Ok, now the observations.
Notice when you had the quarter at arms length you could still see your Bible? And notice how the closer you brought that quarter to your eye, the less of your Bible you could see? And I would guess that once you covered your eye, unless it had holes in it, or you cheated, you could hardly see your Bible or anything else. Ok, now the conclusions.
Without a doubt, we need money. It is a part of this world that we live in and there is nothing wrong with us getting it, having it or using it. But I hope you will see from this simple illustration, that we need to keep it in the proper perspective in our lives. If it's all we desire, all we think about, all we hope for, then it will blind us from the things of God and many other important things as well. But if we keep it in its proper place in our hearts and minds, then we can get it, have it and use it and it won't affect our relationship with God or others.
The Lord knows that we have the tendency to get all funny when it comes to money. Which is why He gives us clear and loving warning in 1 Timothy 6:9-10 "But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows."
So keep money in it's place, and keep your eyes on God!

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