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This week we were reminded about the impact of the instant lottery ‘Scratchies’ in our community.
When it seemed likely that Scratchies might be now sold in supermarkets, smaller newsagencies created an uproar, claiming that up to 90% of their earnings would be lost.
Sadly, the real losers are the members of the public who mistakenly believe that buying Scratchies will bring them riches, which will then bring them happiness.
But given the ridiculously long odds of most lotteries, the only winners are the big gambling businesses.
When it comes to money, Jesus gave us this warning:
No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. (Matthew 6:24)
Why waste your time and money trying hopelessly to get a quick buck from a Scratchie?
Put your real hope in the real Jesus, and seek first his kingdom.
There’s no risk in following Jesus!
There’s so much to love about Australia: our climate is beautiful, our natural and economic wealth is great, and the spirit of mateship brings a common bond to everyone who lives in this sunburnt country.
But for those of us who love and serve Jesus as Lord and Saviour, life in Australia can be a distraction.
After all, when life in Australia is so good, then why on earth would we need heaven?
But even in Australia, life is not all it’s made out to be.
We don’t need to look very far to see damaged relationships, natural disasters, and the constant threat of death.
These things help us long for the life that is to come.
But far more than this, we long to be living in a place where we are saturated with Jesus in every way!
We can’t wait until everyone is saying together, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13)
This Australia Day we can unite in thanking God for our country.
But it’s also a great time to remember that Australia is nothing compared to eternal life with Jesus in Heaven!