I ran into a guy I hadn’t seen in a while. I was doing some grocery shopping and we stopped and chatted for a few minutes. He didn’t ask me how I was doing, and that’s okay, I didn’t really expect him to.
He had come into a large amount of money a few months previous but it seemed that he was preoccupied with it. In fact he was really very concerned that his loved ones wouldn’t be looked after. His money and the need for more seemed to be the total topic of our short conversation.
I’m a process thinker which means I am always thinking through something. In this case I was evaluating what this man said, how he said it, what he didn’t say, and tried to give consideration to his words through the lens of Scripture since he was a church going guy.
He had more money than all of us but there seemed to be a desire for more. From what he said it seemed that his money was his master. There didn’t seem to be a generosity of spirit. There seemed to be a self-centred focus. There seemed to be less of a concern for others, other than the ones closest to him. I fear that his money had him.
John D. Rockefeller, at one point, was the world’s richest man and the first ever billionaire from the U.S. The story goes that a reporter once asked him how much money was enough and his response was alarming: ‘just a little bit more.’
We looked at Matthew 6:19-24 last Sunday morning. Here’s the concluding verse:
 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. (Matthew 6:24-25 ESV)
The issue with wealth is that it can distract us from the true and greatest treasure that we have in Jesus Christ. A poor person seeking wealth can have the same kind of challenge.
We’re in the midst of the season to celebrate Christ’s birth and the almighty buck is His stiffest competition in this Christmas season. My encouragement to you and to me is to reinvestigate the Christ child and wonder in the first Christmas story.
That we would think deeply and thankfully on the birth of the Christ child like Mary:
 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. (Luke 2:19 ESV)
May we speak of the Christ child with the enthusiasm of the shepherds:
 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. (Luke 2:20 ESV)
They were pretty jacked for Jesus but we have some info that they didn’t. We know about the sinless life He lived. We know about His sacrificial death. We know about His offer of new life. If we are His, we’ve experienced the gospel explode in our hearts.
We can also express the joy of the wise men:
 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
(Matthew 2:10 ESV)
Do you see all the joy words piled up there? This verse has always amazed me. It means they were really, really, really joyful.
When we understand and keep growing in our understand of the treasure that we have in the Lord Jesus the more we’ll be gripped by Him and the less we’ll be gripped by the temporary treasures of this life.