ike most pastors, I’m always reading—books to help me with sermon prep—books dealing with church leadership and growth—books for Bible studies—books for my own personal spiritual growth—and sometimes a book for just plain fun. A few years ago, for one of my “fun reads” I read John Grisham’s novel, King of Torts. If you’ve read it, then you know that the main character is a young lawyer working for the poor down in D.C. One day he is offered a chance to make a great deal of money very quickly on a mass litigation lawsuit. He accepts the offer, makes millions almost overnight, and then—working on a hot tip—goes after another lucrative case—a huge malpractice suit that yields him even more millions—so much money in fact that the papers dub him, “The King of Torts.”
Now—you would think that with all those millions, our hero would be happy, but not so. In fact, as the months go by, he finds that his vast fortune causes him a lot of anxiety and stress—mainly because as his income increases, so do his expenses and because they do his millions begin to slip through his fingers like sand through an hourglass. So, instead of ENJOYING his money he constantly WORRIES about it and works harder and harder to win the next big case so that he can garner even more wealth. By the end of the book the “King of Torts” realizes that money can be a source of distress and tension. He learns an important truth—which I think is the moral of Grisham’s story and here it is:
Money isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it can bring more pain than pleasure!
And Grisham is correct, because no matter how much money we have if we’re not very careful, it can become one of the most significant sources of stress in our lives. In fact, that’s why at the beginning of the year many people make resolutions that have to do with money.
Join us on Sunday as we conclude our 5:17 series by examining some of the things Jesus has to teach us about our attitude toward our money.