“Gain All You Can”
Very rarely does a preacher know every single eye in the sanctuary will be focused on on them. Yesterday morning was one of those moments. Each time I took another $10,000 stack of bills out of the bag, I could feel your gazes getting more intense.
Now, truth be told, I did not actually place $50,000 on the table in front of the communion elements. They were really stacks of $1’s, with one hundred dollar bills on the front and back (where in the world would the preacher get 50 grand in cash anyway?). But I got your attention, didn’t I? Cash has that incredible ability.
Which was the point of the illustration – money is a power. It motivates people like nothing else, except maybe hate. Money uses people, and creates incredible pain, suffering, regret, and disappointment.
Yet, in the bewildering Parable of the Dishonest Manager (Luke 16:1-15), Jesus calls us to something radical. Instead of trying to rid our lives of all money, Jesus calls us to use it. Yes, it is a power. Yes, it can cause incredible pain. However, God can redeem anything – even money.
Therefore, Jesus’ call is to refuse to serve money, instead use money for our good and the good of others. By stripping away the false promises of money like security and joy, we can instead embrace the true promises of God. When we find our security and joy in the Creator, we can use money for His kingdom and glory.
Therefore, work hard, work honestly, work at something good, and in the words of John Wesley, “gain all you can.” Then use that money for the good of your family and others. In so doing, you will conquer the power of money over your life, and know the joy that comes from being free to be generous.
What have you gained that God can use to bless others?