Linda was on vacation playing the slot machines. It was her first time in a casino and she wasn’t sure how the machines operated. “Excuse me,” she said to a casino employee. “How does this work?” The worker showed her how to insert a bill, hit the spin button, and operate the release handle.
“And where does the money come out?” she asked.
He smiled and motioned to a far wall before saying, “Usually at the ATM.”
That’s the trouble with gambling and other “get rich quick” schemes. There’s only one person getting rich, and it’s not you! The lure is sure strong, though. The temptation that comes from a possibility of walking away with that big jackpot: the chance to go home with your pockets full without putting forth much effort.
It’s easy to see that Paul was right when he taught that those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare….(l Timothy 6:9).
Considering the constant temptation of money, it’s not surprising that Jesus had much to say about the subject. It is significant, however, that Jesus didn’t talk as much about what to do with our money as he talked about the right kind of attitude we ought to have toward it.
Solomon, in his pearls of wisdom contained in Proverbs, also had much to say about our attitude toward wealth. One of my favorite verses on the subject is this one: “Give me neither poverty nor riches — feed me with the food allotted to me; lest I be full and deny You, and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or lest I be poor and steal, and profane the name of my God ” (Proverbs 30:8-9).
May you be sufficiently blessed, but may your riches–or your desire for them–never diminish your sense of need for God.
Alan Smith (June. 2005)
via Skyline church of Christ