How many times have you thought about what you would do with a huge lottery check, if you actually bought a ticket and won? Have you patiently completed a Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes form, licked the stamp, and mailed it with crossed fingers and wishes for luck? What did you say you would do with the money if you won?

If I had $10 from everyone who said that if they won the lottery or the sweepstakes they would send a missionary, pay off a church building, buy much needed equipment, or do something else great for God, we would make some pretty good progress on goals not yet reached. God has a better plan than the lottery or the sweepstakes. He says we are to be absolutely faithful with tithes (10%) and offerings. He said He would meet our needs if we put Him first (Matthew 6:33), and that when you are faithful in small areas, He would give you the opportunity to handle things far bigger (Luke 16:10).

Derek Carr could tell this story. The Oakland Raiders quarterback is a newly rich man thanks to the 5-year, $125 million contract he signed to remain in black and silver, but don't expect to see him spending his wealth on caviar-stuffed lobster. When asked what he plans to do with all his money, the Fresno State product had a rather simple answer: chicken sandwiches. And the next answer he gave about what he planned to do with his money stunned the interviewer. He showed his stance as a true follower of Jesus who put first things first. He put his money where his mouth is when he didn’t have much, and he is still doing it now. Way to go, Derek! You are showing us more than football.

Watch his answer!


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