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"Maybe Yes; Maybe No"

April 14, 2010

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For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. 1 Timothy 6:10

On any number of levels, Grigoriy Perelman, a resident of St. Petersburg, Russia, is a most unusual fellow.

• Perelman is unusual because he seems unconcerned about being a 43-year-old unemployed bachelor living with his elderly mother.

• Perelman is unusual because he is a genius at mathematics, having proven the Poincare conjecture. (Now if you're wondering what the Poincare conjecture is, I'm not going to tell you. I'm not going to tell you because I don't understand the Poincare conjecture.)

• Perelman is unusual because, having proven the Poincare conjecture, he has won the $1 million Millennium Prize awarded by Clay Mathematics Institute of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

• Perelman is unusual because he's not sure he wants the money. He's afraid the cash will make him into a public spectacle, like "an animal in the zoo."

Perelman is unusual because he has a different set of values than most of us.

I hope you know another Person who had a different set of values than the rest of humanity. Of course, you know I'm talking about the Savior. Consider what Jesus did so you might be saved.

• He left the glories of heaven to walk a dusty, dirty world.

• Although He owns all that is, He was born in a filthy stable.

• His ministry was conducted in poverty so all who believe might be made rich spiritually.

• He sacrificed His innocent life so our guilty lives might be transformed and we might be given help.

Truly, Jesus had a different set of values -- and I thank God He did.

The Savior's life, His suffering, His sacrifice, His death, and His resurrection have solved our greatest problem -- how sinful humankind might be reconciled with God.

It was work that never won Him a million dollars, but it most certainly ought to win Him our undying gratitude.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, I give thanks You have done that which I could not do. For Your selfless life, Your innocent death, and Your glorious resurrection may I be eternally grateful. In Your Name. Amen.

In Christ I remain His servant and yours,


Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries

Today's Bible Readings: Judges 1-3    Luke 12:32-59

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