Under the mattress
An article in the Omega Times, April 2001, was
entitled "Put your money under the mattress". We are sure that the people do
not need our advice to do such a thing, as this has been going on for many
years. However, an interesting article in The Dominion newspaper, on 5
January 2002, is headlined "Sack lady swaps fortune in francs..." It would
appear that this lady has taken our advice and done just that!
"A Frenchwoman, 69, anxious to convert her savings to
euros, showed up at a bank with a sack containing 1.8 million francs (NZ$3.87
million) -– 3600 notes of 500 francs. She told incredulous bank employees the
money was an inheritance." (emphasis added).
Now it is clear that had she been wise, she would have done
what many others had been doing and that is spending the money on swimming
pools, tennis courts or overseas trips. Unfortunately this lady is going to
learn a very nasty lesson and will now have to account for that vast amount of
money and explain who the person was, who left her the inheritance.
It is clear that as the euro comes to power, this is simply
an illustration of what will take place in every nation under the sun, as the
currencies will all be changed to catch tax dodgers who have been using the
system for years to their own advantage.
In the book of 1 Timothy 6:9-11, we read of the power of money to
destroy people: "But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare,
and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction
Verse 10: "For the love of money is the root of all evil:
which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced
themselves through with many sorrows."
Verse 11: "But thou, O man of God, flee these things..."
It is clear that there are some believers who read our
newspaper, who have quite a bit of money and would like to know what God's
plans for them are.
The answer is found in 1 Timothy 6:17-19: "Charge them that are rich
in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches,
but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy." (emphasis
Verse 18: "That they do good, that they be rich in good
works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate (give to the needy)"
Verse 19: "Laying up in store for themselves a good
foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life."