This is what God gave me today in His word:
And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take. (Mark 15:24)
The callousness shown here is stunning. It’s as bad as when Joseph’s brothers tossed him into a pit to die a slow death of dehydration, and then sat down to eat. These men are crucifying someone, and are casting lots to see who’ll get his things. Now, even under normal circumstances this would’ve been detestable, but the man they’re crucifying, is Jesus Christ; the son of God and the savior of all who come to Him. Now, if this doesn’t show the danger of materialism, I don’t know what does.
You see, in reality, before someone comes to Christ, they’re typically doing the same thing as these soldiers. Ignoring Christ’s crucifixion, in order to pursue monetary gain. When we value the dollar more than we value Christ, our ratios are severely off kilter. In fact, we are in essence crucifying Christ all over again when we consider what we gain; our money, more important than Jesus. When we too show our callousness, we’re driving nails into His hands. When we forget about Christ in our rush for a better position, we’re driving the spear in His side. Christ gave us Himself! He died for us, for Heaven’s sake! When we ignore that in favor of a couple of pieces of green paper, or a couple of coins, it must hurt Him to no end. We may as well be the ones crucifying Him.
The point being this: money is useful, yes. Money is also rather necessary. But we must not love it! No matter how many things we buy on Earth, one thing money can’t buy, is Heaven, and a eternal-life with Christ; what money can’t buy, is eternal life.
You are Loved!