Greedy for Gain

A woman who attended a Pentecostal church periodically, approached the pastor, and said,

    “Pastor, my dog died, and I want to know if you think it is all right to have a funeral for him.” The pastor said,

   “Yes, I think that is all right, if you desire one.”

   “What minister do you think would conduct one?” The pastor was not too happy with the thought of this funeral, so he said,

   “I know of a good minister down the road, and I believe he will conduct it for you”

   “Oh, thank you, Pastor, and just one more question, How much do you think I should pay him for it, $400 or $500?”

The pastor’s eyes lit up, and as he extended his hand tenderly towards the woman, he said,

   “Why, dear sister, why didn’t you say it was a Pentecostal dog?”1

“He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house, but he who hates bribes will live”(Proverbs 15:27).

“Bribes” speaks of any practices of dishonesty. Covetousness, practicing ill-gotten gain, brings trouble and shame to the minister and his ministry.

“Live near to God so all things will appear to you little in comparison to eternal realities”(Robert Murray McCheyne).2


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  1. A Treasury of Humor, Clyde Murdock, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1967, “Cooperation”