My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof. (Proverbs 1:10-19)
Today's Morsel: When I was in the army, they went to a new financial program thing called, "The One Fund." In other words, we were able to draw funds for use from one central source which was designed to make things operate easier. My wife always says that she's part of the one fund - what her's is her's and what's mine is her's (humor). Investors will tell you to not put all of your eggs into one basket, but to diversify. I have seen places where folks work for group tips. All the workers place all the tips in a jar until at the end of the day, and then they divide them equally among everyone who has worked that day. The problem here is that someone may not work as hard as another person. Solomon cautions that if sinners entice us, we are not to consent. Sinners always want you to be in full support of what they are doing. Not only in joining with them with money matters, but many others things, too. We must not allow ourselves to be drawn away from the right way. There is a thing called "guilty by association," and many have suffered because of it. Paul informed Timothy, "But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 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. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses" (1 Timothy 6:9-12). If you are going to have one purse, make sure it's with Jesus, because He's the only one that will give you a fair share of the profit with equity.
Sing: Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe; sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.