Scripture: Luke 16:10-11
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Did you know that every year more Monopoly money is printed than real money? When I first heard this, I found it difficult to believe. Then, after I thought about it, I realized that I had a lot more Monopoly money than I did real money!
Unfortunately, monopoly money is of no use in the real world. Not because of the inferior paper on which it is printed, or the cheap ink which is used to manufacture it, but because it lacks the backing of the United States Treasury. It is the authority of the government that gives greenbacks their value. If the Treasury Department were to decide to back Monopoly money, then things would be different. Until that happens, I’ll continue to be richer at play than in real life.
In the same way, when it comes to what is important in life, there is only one authority with the right to determine the value and meaning of things, and that authority belongs to God. Whatever God approves has real value and meaning. Conversely, whatever God opposes is counted as debt to those who live accordingly. We fool ourselves when we presume to have the right to decide what matters in life. Our puny pronouncements amount to nothing more than play money.
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? (Luke 16:10-11).
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