Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Who wants to be a millionaire?

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

5th August 2012

Who wants to be a millionaire?

....so sings Frank Sinatra in the Cole Porter song from the film 'High Society'.

"I don't, 'cause all I want is you" replies Celeste Holm.

Henrik Ibsen would agree with that sentiment when he says:

"Money can buy the husk of many things, but not the kernel. It brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintances, but not friends; servants, but not faithfulness; days of joy, but not peace and happiness"

In these days of TV quiz shows and various lottery games there is a preoccupation in winning money with a distant dream of untold wealth at the end of the rainbow.

Charles Schwab, was an American steel magnate around the beginning of the 20th century. He became the president and major shareholder of the giant Bethlehem Steel Corporation and became very wealthy.

Out of his great wealth he gave away millions of dollars to schools, churches and hospitals, and gave $2 million for a home for orphaned and crippled children in New York.

Yet when he was asked about the pleasure of giving, he replied:

"Giving? The man with too much money can't really give. He can sign his name on a cheque, and money will automatically pass from his account into someone else's. But what he has given he has never seen and it means nothing to him. He does not need it. He has sacrificed nothing. He could not use the money even if he had kept it. So where does the pleasure or thrill of giving come in?"

He went on to say what money could not do:

"There is no enjoyment in great wealth. One of the great joys in life is in having something to look forward to - something just out of reach - something that you are not quite able to afford.
When a person reaches the place where they can get anything that the world can offer simply by writing a cheque, they have cut loose from happiness unless they are fortunate enough to have interests apart from money.
Of course, young people will not believe this. They think they would be deliriously happy if they could become millionaires. Millionaires! Nonsense! How long will it take them to learn that the things worthwhile in life are things on which the dollar sign is never stamped, things for which money has no buying power?"

The Bible gives a couple of contrasting examples of wealth and giving.

The first is the widow's offering. Rich people gave to the temple treasury, but the poor widow put in two small copper coins. Her gift was the greater because of her great poverty.

The second example is that of the rich ruler. He had obeyed all the Commandments but when he was challenged to part with his great wealth, he could not do it.

As Charles Schwab said, one of the great joys in life is having something to look forward to.

We have a glorious future to look forward to; eternal life with God and His people.

That future is not something that we can buy even if we were a millionaire. It’s a free gift, out of God’s grace, paid for by the blood of Jesus. All we have to do is accept the gift.

Who wants to be a millionaire?

I don’t, 'cause all I want is Jesus.

Have a good week looking forward to our future.

Pastor Barry

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