Out of the Mouths of Children
My eleven-year old son came into the living room today and said, “Hey Dad…I believe the Lord spoke something to me that you can put on your blog.”
“Okay,” I responded somewhat cautiously, “What do you believe that He said to you?”
“Well, I was thinking about your blog earlier, then suddenly this thought came into my mind: ‘What a sinner is to money, an ant is to honey.'”
The profundity struck me immediately, and I have been pondering it, off and on, ever since. (Plus it does have a catchy little rhyme to it, does it not?) Let’s look at this briefly, and you likewise give it some consideration:
What a sinner is to money…an ant is to honey.
Have you ever seen those species of ants that have a “sweet tooth” (so to speak)? Since we lived in the tropics for nearly three years, we had plenty of occasions to view these determined little scavengers. One thing that we have noticed is how they are very strongly attracted to honey (and brownie crumbs…but that is another story).
However, unlike other “sweet stuff” there is a serious drawback to this particular amber-colored goo with regard to ants: It is sticky. I cannot tell you how often we have found dead ants stuck to some glob of honey on a table or counter, that had not yet been cleaned up. (Hey…we have FOUR kids…honey spots just happen sometimes.) So what they so highly desired, became a trap that killed them.
Can you see the metaphor in regards to sinners and money? Money “attracts” them because of their idolatry; but they too often become “stuck” by that trap, and it can kill them if they do not get loose from it. That is NOT a good thing, at all.
Here are a few passages of Scripture that support that point nicely:
He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like foliage.
(Proverbs 11:28, NKJV, emphasis added)
Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.
(Proverbs 11:4, NKJV, emphasis mine)
For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
(Ephesians 5:5-6, NKJV, emphasis mine)
When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience…
(Colossians 3:4-6, NKJV, emphasis mine)
Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But 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. 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.
But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight 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.
(1 Timothy 6:6-12, NKJV, emphasis mine)
Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!
(Mark 10:23-24, NKJV, emphasis mine)
Did you notice above that “those who desire to be rich fall into a temptation and a snare?”
The first thing to note is that this passage (and several others that we cited) is talking about professing Christians, who have a “sweet tooth” for money. Sounds like the ant trying to get to his honey, does it not? So did you note the warning from that passage? Such covetous people, who profess to be Christians, but who are demonstrating idolatry, “pierce themselves through with many sorrows.” Ouch. That does NOT sound healthy (either physically…or eternally).
Jesus said that those who “trust in riches” cannot enter the Kingdom of God. So where is your trust? In the living God Who can save your soul? Or something “sticky” that will “pierce you through with many sorrows”? If money is your god, then you do not have genuine faith in Jesus Christ:
No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in).
(Matthew 6:24, Amplified, emphasis mine)
Remember: Money is nothing more than a tool, to be used for the glory of God. Your “trust” should ONLY be in Jesus Christ, as your source of both righteousness and eternal life. It should never be in mere “riches” here upon the earth.
This is an eternally important point, which I have also written about at length for your benefit within my financial website’s most important article, The Supreme Value of Righteousness. So I highly recommend that article to you today—especially in the light of my son’s profound revelation, as we just discussed above.
Yep! I agree with my son. That is a pretty good thing to post on my blog tonight, indeed. 🙂
Always in Jesus,
-Rich Vermillion (and son) 😉