"SHARING THE RISEN CHRIST TO ALL GENERATIONS"
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Hosanna Lutheran Early Christian Childhood Center Director: Amy Said
Pastor: Jim Peter
Leader: Doug Taylor
Whom or What Do We Serve?
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “You cannot serve both God and Money” (Matthew 6:24). Either God or money will be our master. Unfortunately, we may be devoted to our money and the things it can buy and not even realize it. Will anyone actually say, “I serve money”? No, serving money is a subtle problem. The love of money pushes God to the periphery. When that happens, our time, energy, and commitment are focused on worldly things. The Apostle Paul wrote, “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” (1 Timothy 6:10).
There is a story about a pastor who boarded a bus and handed the driver a $10 dollar bill for his fare. The driver counted out change for a 20 instead of a 10. Thus, he gave the pastor $10 too much. At first the pastor thought to himself, “My, how God does provide!” While riding along, he rationalized how he needed the money more than the bus company, but then his conscience began to be troubled. As he stepped off the bus, the pastor held out the change to the driver and said, “Here, you made a mistake and gave me too much money.” The driver smiled and said, “It really wasn’t a mistake. I was in your church last Sunday and heard you preach about the love of money. When I saw you getting on the bus, I decided to see whether you really meant what you said.”
All of us have faced similar situations where we have received too much change or been given something that doesn’t belong to us. How did you respond? Through God’s grace, we have been given the faith to do what is right. When we spend time in God’s Word and Sacraments, He works in us and through us to keep our hearts close to Him, and we can withstand the temptations that money causes. When we handle our money faithfully, God receives the glory.
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