by Roger Thomas

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Zephaniah: The Day Money Won't Matter (17 of 20)
Roger Thomas
Zephaniah 1:14-18

Introduction: Somebody just won the big Powerball lottery this week. Imagine $130,000,000. Wow! Wouldn't that be wonderful? You could make your dreams come true. There is nothing you couldn't do with that much money. Right?

Hopefully, we all know better than that. It's like the rich Texan who was always trying to impress his friends. So he arranged to be buried in a solid gold Cadillac. The undertaker dressed him in his ten-gallon hat and his fanciest suit and sat him behind the wheel of the specially ordered brand new luxury car. It was impressive. As the crane lowered the car and driver into the oversized grave, his buddies stood and watched in awe. One turned to the other and said, ''Wow! That's living!''

Actually there is more reality to the case of the man who worked all his life and saved all of his money. The problem was he was a real miser. He loved money more than just about anything. Just before he died, he told his wife, ''Now listen, when I die I want you to take all my money and place it in the casket with me. Because I wanna take my money to the after life.''

So he got his wife to promise him with all her heart that when he died, she would put all the money in the casket with him. Well, one day he died. He was stretched out in the casket. The wife was sitting there in black next to her closest friend. When they finished the ceremony, just before the undertaker closed the casket, the wife said, ''Wait just a minute!''

She had a shoebox with her. She came over with the box and placed it in the casket. Then the undertaker locked the casket down and rolled it away. Her friend said, ''I hope you weren't crazy enough to put all that money in there with that stingy old scrooge.''

She said, ''Yes, I promised. I'm a good Christian. I can't lie. I promised him that I was going to put that money in that casket with him.'' ''You mean to tell me you buried him with ...

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