If I had a million dollars…huh…what would I do?
Sorry Barenaked Ladies, I would not spend it all on you. (Calm down, all you self appointed policemen of “nasty” business. It’s the name of a singing group. Not one of them naked. Not one of them female. I just quoted lyrics from one of their songs. )
Now, back to having a million dollars. I would definitely
- buy a house outright.
- help our kids.
To tell the truth, one million dollars wouldn’t go that far. Everything costs in Vancouver. The money spent on parking alone could feed a small nation for a week.
Why not aim for
- or three million dollars
- or even more?
Paul, a leader of the early church, wrote a very important letter to his protégé Timothy. It was brilliant and honest, stunning in truth and rich in both monetary and relational insight.
Good thing. Some people had some very toxic attitudes.
“They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions” Paul wrote to Timothy, “ and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.”
Yes, you read it right. Some of those folks dead set on making a buck off of godliness. Maybe other folks were even thinking of a pyramid scheme to scam goodness from saints and and turn it into cold, hard cash.
Not on Paul’s watch.
“But godliness with contentment is great gain,” Paul said, “For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.”
Simple stuff. No one had to run around like naked ninnies or go on some crazy eat-nothing-but-thoughts-of-Jesus diet.
Paul’s words ripped the cheap trappings of this temporal world so we could gape at the wonder of eternity. And what a magnificent view that is.
As for the million dollars, I’ll not dump it in the garbage if it comes my way. But, I’ll not cry if it doesn’t.
Because focusing on God and Him alone is the best investment. Embracing the blessings he has already giving- that’s great gain.
Money in the pocket of our soul.