This weekend the Powerball Lottery climbed to over $1 billion. That is $1,300,000,000.00. You could spend $2.00 on a ticket and win more money than most people in the world will ever see. But of course, it is a losing game. The chance of winning could not be smaller. You literally have a better chance of getting a paper cut from the lottery ticket than winning anything from it.
But millions of people will spend a couple of bucks trying to win a fortune. Sadly, most of those people will not exchange their broken lives for eternal life. We think money will improve our lives. But it has been shown that wealth can impoverish a life just as easily as it can improve it.
There is actually no hope in money. People may say they hope they win the lottery, but that is a very weak hope. Some would say it is more of a wish. But if you are hoping in a windfall of cash, you are hoping for the wind. $1.3 billion dollars cannot buy you one extra moment of life. Neither can it buy you one blink of eternity.
What is available? Well, the apostle Paul said, "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
Our hope truly lies in something we could not buy with all of the gold and diamonds in the earth. In the end, you will either pay for your sin with death, or receive the free gift of life. Living your life with Christ in you gives you a 100% chance at eternal life. No picking the right numbers. No checking into the lottery announcement every night. Just faith. Just grace. Just obedience. Just Jesus.
I'm not suggesting anyone who plays the lottery goes to Hell. I don't believe that. I am suggesting that anyone who is transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit does go to Heaven. I like those odds. Be careful where you put your hope, your time, your money, your desires, your faith.
[Bible quotes are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, unless otherwise noted.]
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