For the purposes of this article, the words “like” and “love” may be used interchangeably.
A Brazilian man contacted me through my website some days ago. There was great enthusiasm and excitement in his voice. He said that he was one of Brazil’s biggest land brokers, and that his company is now setting its eyes on Guyana. He said he wanted 1 million hectares of farmland in Guyana to do farming, and that he can “develop it fast.”
With the same great excitement, he said that he wanted me as a partner in this business, and that together we can make millions for “years to come.” He forwarded a video presentation of what he claimed was his company.
For a moment, he got me interested. The excitement in his voice seemed contagious. Then he asked me if I knew any politicians in Georgetown with whom we could strike a deal. I responded that I did know a few. I told him, “OK, I will get the job done for you. I will make the necessary contacts.”
He told me that he would like to have a meeting in Boa Vista with my country’s politicians to strike a land deal which would make our country rich and make us millions for years to come. But this is where the plot thickened: he told me that my politicians will have to pay his travel expenses and consultation when meeting him in Boa Vista.
I was a bit taken aback at the moment. I said “sir, are you sure my politicians will want to pay your travel expenses?”
“Yes,” he responded. “If they like money.”
It was that last statement that stood boldly out: if they like money.
For a moment, I just wanted to laugh at this whole situation. Here was a guy who claims he owns one of the biggest companies in Brazil, who is able to develop one million hectares of land in a short time and make millions for years to come, but who can’t cover his own travel expenses. The math just wasn’t adding up.
I said, “Sir, I don’t think my politicians would want to pay your travel expenses or pay you consultation fees in a deal like this.”
Of course, he was the one seeking to procure something, not us. But what he was trying to do was play on the desperation of a seemingly poor country, and the lure of money. It is the lure of money which so many of us need to be weary of in the world.
I responded to him in the following way:
Sir, I do not know if my politicians like money that much to run such a risk as you are describing. But I myself don’t, because the love of money is the root of all evil. I recognize money as a tool and a convenience for everyday living, and for getting things done, but I do not like it to such an extend as you may think. Only those who do not know the love of Jesus loves money to such an extend. But those us of who know the love of Jesus are pervaded by His love and His inner peace and joy, and money takes second place in our lives. We do not serve money. Money serves us, because we serve Jesus.