Summary: Don’t fall in love with money, which quickly disappears and only leaves you depressed. Instead, fall in love with the Lord, and rejoice, even when all the money is gone!
Pastor John Ortberg tells the story about putting his kids on the envelope system when they were little. When they received their allowance, they would put it in envelopes labeled “Give,” “Save,” “Gifts,” “Spend,” and so on.
Well, Pastor Ortberg thought it was working until one day he had a Band-Aid on his arm. His daughter, who was about six at the time, asked, “Why?”
He explained that he had gotten a medical exam that day to get life insurance.
She asked, “What's that?”
He explained, “Well, Daddy loves you so much and loves the family so much, so if anything were to happen to Daddy (which of course it won't, but if it would), it would provide for $250,000.”
Her eyes got really wide. She has a tender heart, and Pastor Ortberg knew she'd be worried. She looked up at him and said, “Apiece?” And Pastor Ortberg thought, “I'm not sure the right lesson is getting communicated.” (John Ortberg, "The Ten Financial Commandments," www.PreachingToday.com)
Try as we might, it is so easy for our children to get the wrong idea about money. In fact, we can ALL get the wrong idea about money; and if we’re not careful, begin to love it more than anything else.
The Bible says, “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evils” (1 Timothy 6:10). The love of money can be absolutely ruinous to our spiritual lives, our relationships, and even to our sense of well-being.
So, in our materialistic society, how can we avoid falling prey to this ruinous love? How can we keep from being hooked by money’s lure? Well, it helps to get God’s perspective on money and see where those who love money end up. So, if you have your Bibles, I invite you to turn with me to Revelation 18, Revelation 18, where we get that perspective and see what happens to those who love money.
Revelation 18:1-2 After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. With a mighty voice he shouted: “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great! She has become a home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit, a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird. (ESV)
Now, Babylon in the Scriptures is current day Iraq. But throughout her history, she has always pursued wealth and power in opposition to God and His people. Like I said two weeks ago, I believe God is raising up the Babylonian Empire again (in the form of Iraq), just so he can fulfill the promise he made in Isaiah 13 to completely destroy it in the last days.
Well, here, we see the announcement of its destruction, so sure, that it’s in the past tense. Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great! – Babylon is doubly fallen. That means she will come to a sudden and total destruction. All that will be left are demons and vultures to haunt her palatial dwellings.
Revelation 18:3 For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.” (ESV)