Needle in a Haystack,
by Rev. Randy Quinn
things seem impossible to us, like finding a needle in a haystack, or
putting a camel through the eye of a needle, or, as Jesus suggests, for
a rich person to enter into the Kingdom of God (Mk. 10:25).
...We donít like to talk about money, at least not our own money. We can
talk about taxes and we can talk about the high price of gas Ė or the
low price of corn. But itís another thing to talk about our own bank
The truth is Jesus spoke about money more often than he spoke about any
other topic. He knows what we pretend isnít true. Jesus knows that money
can become an obsession; money can become our god. And it doesnít matter
how much or how little we have, money can become the focus of our lives.
The only way to make sure money doesnít become our god is to become the
master of our money. As Dave Ramsey says it, we need to ďtell our money
where to go,Ē rather than letting money determine where we go.
We have tried very hard in our family to make sure that money doesnít
make our decisions. Thatís because I know that when money makes our
decisions, money has become our god Ė and thatís not the god I want to
But in our culture, thatís not easy to do. We are constantly bombarded
by marketing folks who want us to believe we need their particular
product. We may indeed be the recipients of the most powerful marketing
pressures that have ever been experienced. There is an all-out war for
our attention. Money wants to become the god of our lives.
Jesus, looking at [the man], loved him and said, "You lack one thing;
go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have
treasure in heaven; then come, follow me." When he heard this, he was
shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
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