Saturday Sermon: Money does not answer life's big questions
May 20, 2011 at 12:20 a.m.
By Mike Gresham
Imagine this. You have a camel (humor me) in one hand and a sewing needle in the other. Now, attempt to push the camel through the eye of the needle. Didn't work, did it?
This is the picture Jesus drew in Luke 18 when He talked about worldly riches. From the time we are young, we are given the impression that money is the answer to everything. He says, "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for rich man to enter the kingdom of God." Quite a difference, huh?
But what's wrong with being rich? The King James Bible does call money, "Filthy lucre," and some say it is one of the most unsanitary things that we touch each day. However, I think Jesus had some other things in mind. Let me suggest a few.
Money does not answer life's big questions. Although it might put us in a place where we can ask these questions more comfortably, it really does not provide true answers to things like, "What is my purpose in life? Why am I here?" It does not answer, "What's really important in life?" Because of the number of unhappy wealthy people who struggle with life, it must not answer, "What would truly make me happy?" And, given the uncertain economy in which we live, it does not answer, "What can I really trust?"
Wealth is not a true indicator of God's great blessings. While money might be a blessing from God, it is certainly not as important as many of other of God's blessings. I recently read a story in which a father asked his daughter to list the most important things that he could do for her as a father. She listed things ranging from taking her fishing to flying a kite. As the father later perused the list, he noted one clear thing: Nothing on the list was something that he could buy for her.
Wealth does not release us from worldly responsibility. In God's economy, the more we have, the more we are responsible for what we have been given. The Bible asks this of wealthier Christians. "Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share." (I Timothy 6:18)
Wealth does not give us real security. Markets rise, and markets fall. Products become hot, and products become cold. Fortunes are made, and fortunes are lost. But the only real security in life is found in a walk with God.
Jesus knew that you could not put a camel through the eye of a needle. Neither could you make enough money to do what men think you can do. However, a walk with God provides for all of these. Let me encourage you to find what it means to follow Jesus in your life.
Let me also encourage you to attend the church of your choice this weekend. Make it a time when God is honored in your life.
Mike Gresham is the pastor of First Baptist Church of Port Lavaca.