Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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From a sermon on “Money Matters” by Pastor John in a prayer meeting on January 2, 1991
Solomon mentioned “the little foxes that spoil the vine”. Over the years, I have noticed that those who struggle with debt do not value small amounts of money. “It’s just 10 dollars and change” I have heard them say. They speak of “a few bucks” as if those few dollars were nothing, even as they continue to struggle and wonder why. I have never seen anyone struggle financially who valued a few dollars so much that he would not spend it foolishly. There is a reason that Jesus said, “He who is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much, and he who is unjust in the least is unjust also in much” (Lk. 16:10).
The spiritual significance of the issue does not decrease when the amount of money decreases. If you owe a man twenty dollars but cannot pay him because you saw a sharp-looking baseball hat at Wal-mart and bought it, you have stolen that man’s money just as much as someone who robs a bank of thousands of dollars. You and the bank-robber are thieves. It wasn’t your money that you took out of your wallet and spent.
The ancient prophet Zechariah asked, “Who has despised the day of small things?” (4:10). The most obvious answer is, “Not God.”