Secret sins will always be exposed in the light of God’s presence. Judas thought he would make a profit by selling the knowledge of Christ’s whereabouts for thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 26:14-16).
The sin of the love of money (1 Timothy 6:10) has deceived millions into living only for this life. Moses instructed Israel, “Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). A person who makes the most of his time understands the brevity of life. That person knows that soon our days, like our money, will be expended.
What are thirty pieces of silver in the light of eternity? Where is Judas’s money now? After Judas threw it into the temple, the priests collected it and used it to buy the field where Judas hanged himself. Where is Ananias and Sapphira’s money? Their greed bought them an early death (Acts 5). Where is Felix’s money? Felix kept asking Paul to come and speak to him in hopes of getting a bribe, but he never succeeded (Acts 24:26).
We must be so careful to keep our financial dealings open, clean, and eternal in value. The truth is, eighty years of life is not a very long time (Psalm 90:10).