Choose Life – “iPhoney” – An Uplifting Verse from the OYB reading of the day – May 21

Scripture:   John 12:6    NASB    “iPhoney”

“Now he said this, not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box, he used to pilfer what was put into it.”      John 12:6




Someone has said that “honesty is the best policy.”   That’s probably true.  For one reason, you don’t have to make stuff to cover your tracks and hope you don’t contradict yourself.

Judas was dishonest.  He was a thief.  I’ve found that people who center their lives around money often have integrity problems (churches, watch who put in the position of treasurer!).  Judas objected to Mary showing such munificence to Jesus, not because he was frugal but because he was a thief!  He was a crook, a phony.

Someone has said (maybe the same guy as the “honesty is the best policy” guy) that anyone can tell a person’s devotion to Christ by looking at their checkbook.  That may be an exaggeration but it may also be a pretty good standard.

Someone who is a committed Christian knows that there is Someone who knows them even better than they even know themselves.  We need to realize that whatever we do, we are accountable to God.  We don’t want to be phonies.  We want to be true to God.


If we are, we will find that we are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!


Fun Application:   

Charles Stanley pointed out one time when we were in his church that people who had the gift of giving were often very frugal because they knew the value of money.  If we care more about getting the latest iPhone (or anything with an “i” in front of its name), we may not be caring enough about our love relationship with God.



The purpose of the “Choose Life” is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog:   Saul Dust

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