Thought for the Week

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How often do you think about money? Most people think about money matters every single day and it doesn’t matter whether you are rich or poor, the subject of money is a pre-occupation for both groups and anyone else in between.

On the same day that it was reported that a football club had paid £52 million for a new player, the World Health Authority announced that they were providing £13 million funding for research into “superbugs” which kill approximately 700,000 people each year. Dare I make the comment that one has paid too much and the other too little? Currently 54% of Global wealth is in the hands of just 1% of the world’s population. In an ideal world, we would not have that level of disparity in our society.

Jesus was utterly indifferent to money for his own use, but he recognised both its virtues and its vices. Money can build churches, support missionaries, feed and clothe orphans and educate our young people. A lack of money can breed poverty and crime, create slums and promote bitterness and corruption. There are many things that money cannot buy. In the words of a song made famous by the Beatles, it cannot buy love. It also cannot buy friendship or happiness. Money is neutral, it is neither good nor evil, but the love of money can be the cause of evil. Money is a wonderful servant but a terrible master. There is good news though. You can obtain something which is priceless and it is a gift - the gift of eternal life purchased not by us but by Jesus Christ on the cross. And it doesn’t matter whether you are rich or poor because in eternity with Jesus Christ there is no inequality. Now that’s where my treasure lies, how about you?