It was a cold winter’s day that Sunday. The parking lot to the church
was filling up quickly. I noticed as I got out of my car fellow church
members were whispering among themselves as they walked in the church.
As I got closer I saw a man leaned up against the wall outside the
church. He was almost laying down as if he was asleep. He had on a long
trench coat that was almost in shreds and a hat topped his head, pulled
down so you could not see his face. He wore shoes that looked 30 years
old, too small for his feet, with holes all over them, his toes stuck
out. I assumed this man was homeless, and asleep, so I walked on by
through the doors of the church.
We all fellowshipped for a few minutes, and someone brought up the man
laying outside. People snickered and gossiped but no one bothered to ask
him to come in, including me. A few moments later church began. We all
waited for the preacher to take his place and to give us the Word, when
the doors to the church opened.
In came the homeless man walking down the aisle with his head down.
People gasped and whispered and made faces. He made his way down the
aisle and up onto the pulpit where he took off his hat and coat. My
heart sank. There stood our preacher… he was the “homeless man”. No
one said a word. The preacher took his Bible and laid it on his stand.
“Folks, I don’t think I have to tell you what I am preaching about
"Too often, things become our focus of worship. It is at that point
that material goods become our masters rather than our servants. You
must choose whom you will serve. Wit it be God or money?"
"Materialism has become the god of too many of us. The bible teaches
that preoccupation with material possessions is a form of idolatry and
God hates idolatry. The Bible declares, 'What shall it profit a man, if
he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul.'"
"If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help
straighten out almost every other area of his life. The chief motive of
the selfish, unregenerate person is *get.* The chief motive of the
dedicated Christian should be *give*."
"The world's favorite verb is *get.* The verb of the Christian is
*give.* Self-interest is basic in modern society. But in God's kingdom
self-interest is not basic…..selflessness is."