Lately I watched a documentary about a young man who was determined to be a billionaire and that is exactly what he did. However he was not kind and gracious as he made his way up into his riches. He pushed others out of the way and all in all, seemed very angry and unhappy in his life.
I couldn't help but think of Jesus' words in Matthew 16:26 - "What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?". The media would have us believe that once we have a lot of money, our life will be good. This is SUCH a lie! Satan would have us believe that more is better so that we will focus on that and not on what is really important - people. When we spend our lives just trying to fill our bank accounts, we will never be satisfied. It is a trap and it will never be enough. We will always be dissatisfied and disillusioned.
Don't misunderstand me. Having lots of money is not a bad thing if you are Kingdom-minded. Then those riches will be a blessing to you and to those around you. I think of George Mueller - a pastor who lived in England in the 1800's. He housed over 10,000 orphans, started 117 schools and gave Christian education to over 120,000 children (most of them orphans). He trusted God for every penny and during his life time, thousands and thousands of dollars passed through his hands.
What an amazing legacy and an example this man has left for us! How many relatives of those orphans are still living today and serving the Lord and continuing to give and to love because their great grandparents were given a chance and loved?
As we walk out our weeks, let's remember what's important - people! Look around you - who really needs to be loved and blessed by you today?