What would you do for $10,000,000? If you knew that dangling at the end would be 10 million dollars, how far would you go? That very question was the premise for a book that came out a few years ago, “The Day America Told the Truth!” For example, you may be shocked to discover that 25 percent of Americans said they would abandon all their friends for $10,000,000. Now of course with $10,000,000 you could make a lot of new friends very quickly. 23 percent of Americans said they would work as a prostitute for a week,— for 10 million dollars. 17 percent said they would abandon their American citizenship. 10 percent said they would withhold testimony even if doing so would allow a murderer to go free. And, 4 percent said they would actually do the Bruce Jenner thing and undergo a sex change operation. It seems many people out there have a price tag on their soul. It is actually the power of greed, and it is one of the seven deadly sins we will be talking about in worship this Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:30 am.
We who have means, and that’s all of us at Chestnut Level, – are called to an important role to play in the kingdom of God. Let me close with some wonderful words from I Timothy 6:17-19: “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”
Quote of the Week
“One gains by losing self for others and not by hoarding for oneself.” Watchman Nee
Watchman Nee, Ni Tuosheng, or Nee T'o-sheng, was a Chinese church leader and Christian teacher who worked in China during the 20th century. In 1922, he initiated church meetings in Fuzhou that may be considered the beginning of the local churches.