This guy at church gave my son a trillion dollar bill. It was one of those fake pieces of money that looks real but is actually a gospel tract. How does the Secret Service not have a problem with this? I guess they’re kind of busy at the moment.
The other day my wife innocently referred to my son’s trillion dollar bill as “fake”. He was devastated. It was like finding out that Santa Clause, pro wrestling, man walking on the moon and Storage Wars was fake, all at the same time. With just a single word, he went from being the U Can’t Touch This MC Hammer to the I Need to Borrow $30 Million Dollars MC Hammer.
To settle him down, my wife gave my son a polished speech about how money isn’t everything. I just said, “Look son, mo’ money, mo’ problems.” My wife’s approach worked much better.
As adults, we can be a lot like my son. When we act like the small percentage of money we put in the plate on Sunday belongs to God while the rest is ours or when we go on and on about our house and our car and our status, we’re no different from my five-year-old.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with the nice house and the nice car just like there’s nothing wrong with my son’s trillion dollar bill. The problem comes when we act as if these things are more valuable than they really are.
The key to wealth management is figuring out as early as you can that as valuable as your assets may be, they really aren’t worth as much as you think they are. If you can learn this lesson here on earth along with grasping the surpassing value of knowing Christ, then you’ve really found wealth (Philippians 3:7-11). But if you never get it, if you manage to convince yourself that the opinion of others, the car in the driveway or the dream home is all that matters, you’ll be just another kid holding a phony trillion dollar bill.
“But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.’” Luke 12:20-21 (ESV)