Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

The Best Thing

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)

15th September 2013

‘For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures’ (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

Over the years there have been many songs about money.

Abba’s Money, Money, Money, included the lines,

Always sunny
In the rich man's world
All the things I could do
If I had a little money

In the song Money from Cabaret came,

‘A mark, a yen, a buck, or a pound
is all that makes the world go around’,

And the Beatles famously sang in Money (That's What I Want)

The best things in life are free
But you can keep them for the birds and bees
Now give me money (that's what I want)

You have probably heard the accusation that Churches only want money and don’t care about people. It is certainly true that some churches and ministries have been guilty of financial abuse, placing an undue emphasis on acquiring more and more money.

It’s also true that churches need money to survive and that it is the responsibility of members as good financial stewards to supply those needs as they are able and as they have been blessed. (2 Corinthians 9:7)

But it concerns me when money becomes the centre of our preaching. The gospel isn’t ‘Money, money, money’ or ‘money makes the world go round’, nor should the Christian church give the impression that ‘money is what we want’.

The Beatles were right when they wrote ‘The best things in life are free’ because the best thing we could ever have is God’s grace freely given to us through Jesus Christ.

This ‘best thing’ should be the centre of our preaching, as Paul said,

‘For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified’. (1 Corinthians 2:2)

The Christian church must concentrate on preaching the things ‘of first importance’ (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). When it does that people will come to faith, and will cheerfully give to support the work of church in spreading the gospel around the world so that others can have the same experience.

As Bonhoeffer astutely observed, grace is free, but it is not cheap. It comes to us at great cost to God: the suffering and death of God's Son.

When we realise this we are rich indeed.


Father, thank you for the free gift of grace through which we receive forgiveness and reconciliation with you. Help me to treasure this above all else.

Have a good week focusing on the important things of life.

Pastor Barry

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