Acts 19:24-25 – For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen; Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth.
The Scriptures tell us that the love of money is the root of all evil. Money is not evil. The desire to have money for the right purposes is not evil. But when we love money, we have become a self-centered, self-absorbed, self-serving people. In this present world, money is needed. It is the currency of our land, and in some form or another, the currency of the world. Whether dollars, or pesos, or cidis, or shillings, or solis, or marks, or francs, or pounds. It is currency, money, that we use to purchase what we need, pay for services, or anything else that needs to be done in the economic arena. We need money.
In our Text for Today, we can see that Demetrius, a silversmith, and many other craftsmen of his particular metal, silver, had become quite wealthy in their work. They worked the silver, but it was the money that it provided that they held. It was the currency they held, regardless of the nation from which it came, that determined their wealth. So, when someone came along, and in their words, actions, and ministry, appeared to be attacking their means to the wealth they had accrued, they were perceived as threats to their business, income, and future. With regards to human beings, nothing has changed, even in our modern word. Think of this. Many thugs on our streets have had Christian influence in their lives. Many secular singers, including rap and some of the most vulgar music imaginable, have had Christian influence in their lives. Many actors, athletes, and other famous people have had Christian influence in their lives. It’s not so much that they hate God or Christianity, but that they love money more. And when true Christianity is preached, when the truth of faith is set forth, they sense their industries being threatened, and because of that, they believe their wealth and livelihood is likewise threatened.
And when those who hold the love of money in high regard feel their wealth threatened, their reaction to the things of God can be drastic, very negative, and even hostile. Wake up, church; we cannot allow our-selves to be put off in our attempts to reach the world because of our perceived reasons for rejection. We need to operate from a position of true knowledge. I know of only three things that can reach a darkness-entrapped world; the love of God, the absolute truth of God, and the manifest power of God. Love is obedience to the Word, truth bring light, and the manifest power of God gets attention. Let’s get busy.
Manna for Today – Acts 19:21-41; 1 Timothy 6:10; Mark 4:19; Mark 10:24; Luke 4:18; Luke 16:11