This devotional comes from “Solid Joys,” the Android and iOS app from Desiring God that features daily devotions by John Piper.
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“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)
Can you imagine Jesus playing the lottery?
What would happen inside the soul of Jesus when he reads, “Win up to $10,000 now — $1,000,000 later. Play anywhere, win anytime — for people who just can’t wait to get rich”?
What does Jesus really long for? What should we really want in life? The lottery is going to be the litmus paper of many hidden motives.
The Bible teaches us not to want to be rich. The desire to be rich is suicidal. The heart that is hot after money is not pursuing God. This heart is the root of all evil. We are to pursue “righteousness, godliness, faith, love.” Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and all these other things will be added to you.”
Our pursuit in life is not to get rich — neither quickly or slowly. Our passion in life is to be pure and holy and loving and sold out to the cause of Christ.
Playing the lottery is not motivated by “hunger and thirst for righteousness.” It is driven by a love for the world. And that is deadly. For the world and everything in it is passing away (1 John 2:17). Take heed. Where your treasure is there will your heart be also (Matthew 6:21).
It is wrong to wager with a trust fund. Good stewards do not handle their master’s money that way. Faithful trustees may not gamble with a trust fund. They have no right. And everything we have is a trust from God, to be used for his glory. How does it glorify God to wager with his money?
Faithful stewards do not gamble. They work and trade — value for value, just and fair. This is the pattern again and again in Scripture. Wage and benefit correspond to work done. And when you are handling the funds of another, how much more irresponsible it is to wager!
It is wrong to endorse and support an institution that is bound to confirm people in their weaknesses and cultivate in others the greed that only lies latent without this outlet. The lottery will hook most easily those people who need just the opposite, namely, encouragement and guidance in fiscal diligence and responsibility.
I urge you, for the honor of our Treasure in heaven, and for the good of our society: Don’t play the lottery.
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When we repented, we surrendered our whole self to God that we do not want to live for sin anymore but for God. Riches is one of the things that we stop to pursue strivingly, for it is worldly and sinful things. Our whole-self are directed to Lord Jesus Christ that has given us the redemption, eternal life, righteousness, and the ability to call Lord “Father”.
Jesus is talking about our heart and the treasure that covers it. If we are still greedy and craving for riches and sin, are our hearts really directed to Him? We will know that our heart is pure when we pursue endlessly to live righteously according to God’s will.
Lord has told us to enslave our bodies in this race for the crown of righteousness so that when the Gospel is told to others, we ourselves may not be rejected. (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)
Lord Jesus blesses you!