The first neighborhood I lived in had an ice cream truck that came down the road on weekends in the summer. Whenever I heard “Do Your Ears Hang Low?” it was ice cream time! This is probably the first (and not the last) time I vividly recall asking my parents for money. I mean…who doesn’t scream for ice cream when you hear an ice cream truck? To follow up on the “not the last” time part, I also recall asking my parents for money at the pool to get some snacks, at the grocery store to get candy I really didn’t need, for more toys, new clothes, a car, gas for the car, and groceries in college. I know there are many other examples, but you get the point. Unless you’re a Disney Channel superstar, the yodel boy (Mason Ramsey), or a baby who knows physics, you probably won’t have much money when you’re young. As you get older, you can keep asking for money or work for it to make your own. We all need money in life because like an ice cream truck…money talks.
People generally don’t like to talk about money because it can be a touchy subject, but fear not, the Bible tells us how to handle it. Hebrews 13:5 says, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” 1 Timothy 6:10 says, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” Matthew 6:24 says point blank, “You cannot serve God and money.”
Making an honest living is important, but we should be cautious about letting monetary aspirations take over our spiritual aspirations. Money talks here on Earth, but not louder than God. As we become more spiritually mature, ice cream still tastes really good, but our faith becomes the most valuable thing we possess. Better than ice cream, wealth, or fame, Jesus offers us eternal life with no money down because He already paid the price.