Tuesday, August 19, 2014
“Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. 4 And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do. 5 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.
I love the analogy that we see in this scripture. I don’t know about you but sometimes I look at my life and it looks ‘spoiled.’ When I look at the talents and abilities that I have there is an overwhelming sense of inadequacy.
When I look at the mistakes and the wrong decisions that I have made in life I can feel pretty down.
But I am thankful that I have a God that takes me in His hands and reworks me into the man that he wants me to be. I’m thankful that if I allow God to mold me; He will do so.
Maybe you have gotten off track a little bit… Let God mold you today; open your heart to be transformed by the Power of Jesus Christ.
When we are not buying lottery tickets or watching big winnings on game shows, one of our favorite national pastimes is wandering through shopping malls just to see what else we can want.
Our shop-till-you-drop society has produced the Home Shopping Network and all its spinoffs, displaying products on television to be purchased just by making a phone call. And even more so on our day is online shopping; you don’t even have to get off the couch to buy anything you could possibly desire. Amazon and Ebay are among the most visited websites on the internet. Our culture has a materialistic obsession.
What is the result of the riches that we so desperately desire?
Dr. Aaron Beck did a ten-year study of patients who are hospitalized with suicidal tendencies. What he said was, "risk of suicide increases, with resources." The more stuff you that the more likely you are to kill yourself. Poor people rarely do it.
Another medical study proved, and I quote, "Subtract two years from your life if your family income is over $40,000 a year."
Another study showed the moral decline and family devastation of this obsession with money, "Among both men and women the incidents of marital infidelity rises in conjunction with an increase in income. Of the married men earning $20,000, only 31 percent conducted extramarital love affairs. Of the men earning more than $60,000, 70 percent did.
Money is the number one motive for committing a crime.
We are paying dearly for chasing what is cheap. As Christians we must not fall into the trap of loving money. The riches of this world can in no way compare to the riches of the Kingdom of God.
9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
Notice it does not say that ‘money is the root of all evil’; it says ‘the “love” of money.’ As Christians we must be very careful not to fall into the trap of loving money.
1 Timothy 6:6-10 “But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils.”
In their book, The Day America Told the Truth, authors James Patterson and Peter Kim revealed some shocking statistics on how far people in this country would be willing to go for money. When asked what they’d do for $10 million dollars:
(25%) Would abandon their entire family
(23%) Would become prostitutes for a week or more
(16%) Would give up their American citizenship
(16%) Would leave their spouses
(10%) Would withhold testimony and let a murderer go free
(7%) Would kill a stranger
(3%) Would put their children up for adoptionPerhaps the most telling statement in all of Scripture related to money are the words of our Lord, "Where your treasure is there your heart will be also."
To put that into common language, "Show me where your money is and I'll show you where your affections lie." To make it even more mundane, "Go through your checkbook and find out what you really care about."
Your spiritual life can be measured probably better by what you do with your money than any other single thing.
Experts tell us that the average person thinks about money 50 percent of his or her waking time.
How to get it, how to keep it, how to save it, how to spend it, how to find it, whatever it might be, we're tremendously occupied with the matter of money.
Jesus in saying where your treasure is there your heart is also tells us that what we do with our money is the measure of our hearts.
The Questions is: What is your attitude towards money?