One day Winston Churchill was informed that he was to address the United Kingdom in one hour. He called a taxi and said to the driver, “Drive me to the British Broadcasting Corporation just as fast as you can.”
“Sorry, sir,” he responded, “I can’t do that. Sir Winston is to broadcast at six o’clock. I want to get home to hear him, and if I drive you to the BBC, I’ll miss him. I cannot do that!”
The answer thrilled Churchill so much that he reached in his pocket and gave him a large sum of money.
“The devil with Churchill,” said the driver. “Hop in!” and off they rode.
There is nothing wrong with having money or enjoying the things that money can buy. But there is something wrong if wanting money causes us to do the wrong things, do things poorly, or if we compromise our values, to get money.
Jesus said that if power or possessions, position or priorities have first place in our lives they will become worthless and ultimately destroy us. What we have in this world will be left in this world – we cannot take anything from this world into the next. Everything we have now is temporary and cannot be exchanged for anything eternal. The “things” of this world cannot purchase salvation or eternal life. As Christians, we are obligated to make the pursuit of God and building His Kingdom on earth the most important goals of our lives.
Prayer: Help us, Father, to live lives that demonstrate to others that You are Lord of our lives. May we seek first Your righteousness and then Your Kingdom. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Scripture For Today: But Jesus said, “You feed them.” Mark 6:36-37