Published March 13, 2012

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This week I'm sharing an important message from Pastor Bill about greed – and Christ's return. If you would like to sign up for Pastor Bill's daily emails, go to

"Winner Takes All"
by Pastor Bill

Scripture: Luke 12:15 "Then he said, ‘Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.'" (NLT)

Some time ago Carol and I were watching our four grandchildren (the J-Boys — John, Josh, Justin and Jeremiah) while mom and dad took a vacation. Our plans for the week were set when the phone rang. We were notified that an acquaintance of ours was killed when an airplane ran into his plane while taxing on a runway in Florida.

While explaining the situation to the J-Boys it became evident that this was a teachable moment in their lives. The Holy Spirit quickened us to use M&M candy as an example for the boys. Our goal was to explain how Jesus spoke often about the relationship of man, money and heaven. Jesus clearly made it known that one's value in the kingdom is not determined by his possessions on earth.

Following is an M&M contest we held for the J-Boys which explains what I mean.

Rules of the contest:

1. In the middle of the floor on a chair sits a huge bowl of M&M candy.
2. Each child has an empty bowl on a chair in a corner of the family room.
3. Kids use a spoon to transport the candies from the huge bowl to their bowl.
4. If any M&M's drop on the floor they cannot pick them up.
5. We start the contest and set a timer — we say "go"

6. And the most important rule is this: When time is up the timer rings and the kids stop at exactly the place where they are. If they were anywhere other than sitting on their chair holding their bowl, they forfeit all of their M&Ms. And no, we didn't tell them how many minutes the timer will be set for. Winner takes all! The winner was awarded all of the M&Ms.

The object of the contest was clear. Gather as many M&Ms as you can in as short a period of time. But you better be sitting down on your chair when the final bell rings or you lose everything.

Four kids started the contest and in the middle our oldest grandson John sat down with his bowl half empty. He watched as his brothers greedily accumulated more and more M&Ms. In the end the dinger sounded and John was the only one sitting down. He was the winner and he took all.

All four boys were quick to pick up on the analogy as I read the parable of the rich fool from the Book of Luke (12:13-21). They had learned their lesson well as John said, "When we get to heaven we will not be judged on our greedy accumulation of how many toys we have on earth but on our relationship with Jesus in the kingdom."

Prayer: Father help me to treasure my relationship with Jesus far above my accumulation of things on earth. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!

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