When her owners saw that their lucrative little business was suddenly bankrupt, they went after Paul and Silas, roughed them up and dragged them into the market square. Acts 16:19 (TM)
I’m a lover of history and often look back to realize all that I learned from my high school history teacher. One of the things that Mr. Parks impressed upon me is the fact that money is the underlying motivating force behind most historical events. "If you want to get to the truth," he would say, "follow the money."
Those words came floating up in my memory as I read Acts 16. No one had a problem with Paul and Silas sharing the message of Jesus in Philippi. They had been sharing their faith for several days without incident. Then Paul cast a spirit out of the fortune-telling girl and messed with a family’s cash flow. They weren’t beaten for their faith, they were beaten and jailed for muddling up someone’s lucrative scam.
Money is a powerful force in our lives, our culture, and our world. Jesus knew this well. He taught about financial matters as much as any other subject. However, we tend to ignore the subtle, influential role money plays in our lives and relationships. Today’s chapter reminds me to "follow the money" in my own life, and to make sure I’m faithful with my finances.