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Topic: SURPRISE (07/25/19)
- TITLE: Gift with a Price
By Donna Martelli
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She bubbled on to my porch and through my front door with her bag of goodies in tow. After “Happy Birthday, Darlin”, she had me sit down and she began the most amazing facial massage I had ever had in my life. She applied one satiny cream and then another that was more exquisite than the first one. She continued to apply various powders, creams and gels and explained how each one was making me more beautiful by the minute. After I don’t know how many products and explanations, she reached her professionally manicured hand into her pink fuzzy bag and brought out a pink pad and pen. Even her pen was pink. Then, she jolted me out of my drowsily pampered state and asked, “So, Darlin, what would you like to order?”
“Well”, I answered, “let’s start with my $100.00 birthday gift. Thank you so much. Do I choose the products, or do you?”
“Oh, she stammered ever so slightly. “No, the $100.00 worth of free gifts is only after you have brought me three other people who each spend $100.00 with me.”
Surprise! I felt really stupid and betrayed. How could I have been so naive? This was not a birthday gift; she was making a sales call. She didn’t care about me; it was all about the money. It seems that her perspective on sales had caused her to wander away from the faith that she once had.
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs”. 1 Timothy 6:10 NIV
If we know Jesus, He promises to meet all our needs, so we are free to operate our business in service to Him in honesty and integrity. Knowing that riches are deceitful will keep us on track, free from pretense, falsehood, and deceit.
Lord, keep us from this snare. We commit to never compromise Your word to acquire money. Alert us if we even think of being dazzled by riches. We count them as rubbish for the joy of knowing You. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
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