Gone: $16 Million in 6 Years

Ron Geschwendt

READ : 1 Peter 5:1-4

Buddy Post of Oil City, Pennsylvania won a jackpot of 16.2 million in a lottery in 1988. This was not the end of his troubles but the beginning of them. His landlady sued him for a third of the money. She claimed a share with him in the winning ticket. The businesses he attempted failed. Post was sentenced to prison for assault after firing off his gun in the garage to scare off his stepdaughter’s boyfriend. In 1994 he filed for bankruptcy. His wife left him and he was ordered by the court to pay alimony of $40,000 a year. In an interview Post said, “People didn’t care about me; they only cared about my money.”

The Apostle Peter warned leaders in the young church, “Do not be greedy for money” (15:2). The last place you would expect to see greed is in the church. However, sin is powerful. Greed has an unsatiable appetite; it can turn us into monsters.

If we discover that all we possess is on loan to us from God, then we will seek to use money wisely. Greed attempts to build castles, but love prompts us to serve. Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness and all other things (food, clothes) will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).


O God, protect me from greed. Help me to seek your kingdom first. In Jesus’ name. Amen