Summary: The desire to have lots of money is common. The Bible says it can even be a problem for Christians. This sermon explores what happens when the love of money takes over. A true story of a $17 million robbery is used as the illustration.
What Would You Be Willing To Do To Be Rich?
6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain.
7For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.
9But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
11But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.
12Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
13I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate,
14that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing,
15which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
16who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.
17Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.
18Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share,
19storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
Suppose you had a chance to be rich.
What if you could get your hands on a lot of money?
Would you take it?
How far would you go to be rich?
If you had millions, would you be happy?
I have a true story to tell you.
David Ghantt, Kelly Campbell, Steve Chambers and his wife Michele lived in Gastonia, North Carolina. Ghantt and Campbell worked for minimum wage at the regional vault of the Loomis, Fargo and Company in Charlotte where money from 20 area banks was kept. In August of 1997, Ms. Campbell informed Ghantt about a friend of hers named Steve Chambers who had criminal connections. She claimed he could help him execute a massive cash robbery of the company vault. The plan was for Ghantt to commit the robbery and then quickly leave the country for Mexico--but to leave the cash with Chambers. Chambers would then occasionally wire Ghantt some expenses money. When the heat was off, Ghantt was to re-enter the U.S. and the money would be split up among all of the co-conspirators.
More of that story a little later!
Everyone faces the temptation to be rich.
10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
You might say, "Christians wouldn’t act like that!"
But would they?
The Bible says some would!
Paul tells Timothy some have strayed from the faith in their greediness,
and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
The result was "many sorrows".
Paul doesn’t specify what happened to them.
Maybe they lost someone or something very precious to them.
Now, they feel a deep hurt and sadness.
Some Christians had walked away from their faith,
their salvation, their relationship with God --
to pursue financial gain.
Evetually, they would realize what they had lost.
Why would Christians even consider throwing away their faith
for the sake of earthly riches?
What mysterious power does money have
that it could cause someone to do a thing so foolish?
With the Loomis Fargo vault robbery plan in place, David Ghantt sent a newly hired employee home early then loaded more than $17 million in cash into a company van. Outside of the building, Ghantt met up with Campbell, Chambers, and others who were involved in the plot, and drove off to a rural location where most of the money was moved from the armored van to private vehicles. Then, keeping with the plan, Ghantt took $30,000 and left for Mexico.
More of the story comes later!
There’s nothing wrong with money.
6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.
You and I need money to pay our bills,