The Responsible Thing

1 John 2:15-17
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

We’ll get to that shortly.

This morning as usual, Mom made a good breakfast for the fur kids. After that they all went outside and did the responsible thing and now they are resting peaceably. Life should be that simple for all of us.

Ecclesiastes 8:15 (NLT)
So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them under the sun.

I work at one of the largest financial corporations in the world. Some of my friends think I work for the Antichrist. :-p Because of my job I know what the big boys are doing to protect the money system from the storm they see coming. Details might cause anxiety in most folks but I sleep well at night because I know that money isn’t real. It has no intrinsic value. It is not a valid payment or a tangible prize, it’s merely a way of keeping score when you play the game.

Money isn’t real but as long as people believe that it is, the game will continue and the game is brutal. People are willing to die for a piece of paper or a blip of digital data and some ultimately will. Ecclesiastes 8:15 never enters the mind of a man consumed with greed but I am not motivated by greed. I try to do the responsible thing. I work because I have to and then I walk away and enjoy my life while the rest of the world goes mad.

The Bible does not say that money is the root of all evil. It says that the love of money is the root of all evil. (1 Timothy 6:10) Everyone wants that pretty paper so that they can use it to satisfy the lust of their eyes, the lust of their flesh and the pride of life. They will sacrifice anything and anyone to satisfy their lust. Anything. Anyone.

Our fur kids don’t care about a lousy piece of paper. They are enticed by the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. They know that when they are hungry, they will have food. When they are thirsty there will be water. When it is cold outside, they know warmth will be provided because we love them.

How much more does God love us?

Matthew 6:26-29
26 Look at the birds in the sky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they are?
27 And which of you by worrying can add even one hour to his life?
28 Why do you worry about clothing? Think about how the flowers of the field grow; they do not work or spin.
29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these!

We spend most of our lives collecting, storing and trading pieces of paper. Everybody wants everyone else’s paper. Even people who have nothing of value to trade want that paper and will do everything possible to get it away from us. How about a nice new smart phone or a television or a new car? Fancy some new furniture?

Let me check with my Financial Advisor and see what He says.

Isaiah 55:2
Why pay money for something that will not nourish you? Why spend your hard-earned money on something that will not satisfy? Listen carefully to me and eat what is nourishing. Enjoy fine food.

They must have inadvertently left out the importance of shiny gizmos and gadgets, eh?

Last night, our dinner cost $1.25. That’s a buck two five for two people. My breakfast this morning cost less than fifty cents. Granted, it is satisfying to spend more but what exactly are we satisfying? Some people don’t have a buck two five. They don’t have fifty cents. Tell me again how much you really need and why?

God provides for our needs and if He provides a little more, we’d better do the responsible thing and not waste the bounty because it may be what we need before we need it.

Genesis 41:54
Then the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had predicted. There was famine in all the other lands, but throughout the land of Egypt there was food.

God provided seven years of bounty and then came seven years of drought and famine. Imagine what would have happened if they all lived fat and sassy during the good times instead of putting some of that bounty aside. If we squander the bounty that God gives us we will not have what we need later. The bounty may not be a big bonus from work or a nice profit from a sale. One extra can of vegetables is a bounty. One extra can later is a bounty times two, isn’t it? Read Isaiah 55:2 and Genesis 41:54 again.
(Is there an echo in here?)

Yes, this message is about the wisdom of preparedness but you probably already figured that out.

I know that God has given you a bounty because you can afford an Internet connection. Millions of people get along just fine without one, don’t they? A can of vegetables costs a buck or less depending on where you shop, so there you go.

Follow Buddy’s example. Eat a good breakfast and do the responsible thing.

No Buddy, you cannot have a new iPad. The one you have already is just fine. 🙂

1 John 2:15
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

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