Money, Wealth, Power, and Eternity
What really matters
“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” –Jesus Christ
We strive and yearn for money all day long--but for what purpose? To acquire the things we want in order to fulfill our needs and make us happy.
Will money, and wealth, and power really meet our needs though? Are we even aware of what our needs really are? And once we have money and wealth and even power—will it really do us any good?
Perhaps the reason so many rich, powerful and famous people descend into drugs and alcoholism is that deep down inside they sense the things they have are really very empty and temporal—a vain chasing after the wind. They experience disappointment after having acquired these things and go into denial that they still are not fulfilled and at peace. So they must put up an act and pretend that having these things is some sort of an accomplishment and that it really means something. So the game goes on, the act perpetuates itself and the more money and fame they get, the emptier they feel. The more empty they feel, the more money and power they seek. It is a vicious circle that is destined for total collapse. And even if these things did mean something—they are only here in this life and will be left behind when we die. As the saying goes, “you can’t take it with you.”
"Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart.”
Consider your life compared to all of infinite eternity. What is the most a human lives? A hundred years? The average is much less. How much of your own life is already gone that you can never get back?
We will all die one day. The grave is the common destiny of all mankind-- rich or poor, old or young, famous or infamous, educated or uneducated, black or white, red or yellow, brown or pink, no matter whether you are a millionaire or struggle just to put food on the table, no matter what background, whether you have an easy life or a hard one, no matter what—WE ALL DIE. Nobody gets out of life alive--And no body escapes having to stand before Christ. This is all mankind’s destiny.
Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, --Hebrews 9:27
After we die, we all face Jesus Christ. There is no avoiding it. It’s just a question of time. We will all see Him with our own eyes—yes, even those who pierced him 2000 years ago. You, me, everybody--this is our destiny. We are all on this same road whether we like it or not. The “train of time” is moving forward and it cannot be stopped or even slowed down. The clock has been irreversibly set in motion.
Consider the words of king Solomon, who had wealth beyond dreams. In the end he came to only one conclusion:
Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the whole duty of man.
For God will bring every deed into judgment,
including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.
Our life here is so short and quickly vanishes—a mist trapped in a little dust. But there is something that will never perish, spoil, or fade—the eternal life God gives us in His kingdom through His Son, Jesus Christ. It is worth far more than all the wealth and power in the world combined! Imagine all the glory, power and wealth man can create. Eternal life in Christ makes all other things look like manure!
What is worth striving after? What is worth seeking for? Consider all the effort we invest in this life—in something that will not last. Why not invest instead in the eternal world to come?
“Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.” -
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”
kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he
hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope
in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
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he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed;
a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."
And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.'
"Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." '
"But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'
"This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God." –Luke 12:15-21
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of
the Father is not in him. For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, the lust
of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does--comes not from the Father but
from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of
God lives forever.
Consider how many billions of people have already come and gone before you. One day, you too will join them. What will you have to show? What will be your hope as you now face eternity with this world completely behind you? Only one thing will matter then. Only one thing really matters now—whether or not you are in Christ, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:3)
the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed
to the saints. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed
and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God,
so that all nations might believe and obey him.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given
us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade--kept in heaven for you,
who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that
is ready to be revealed in the last time.
God has given us a salvation plan through the Scriptures. If we obey, we will live. How does one obey this gospel? How does one “get in” on this eternal life, this “new birth”? How does one enter the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ? Another way to ask this question is to ask, “What must I do to be saved?”
To be saved we must:
1.) Hear the “good news” of Jesus Christ (Romans 10:14)
2.) Believe (Hebrews 11:6; Acts 8:37; Mark 16:16; John 8:24)
3.) Repent of our sins (Luke 13:3,5; Acts 2:38; Acts 17:30; Mark 10:15, Galatians 5:19-21, Colossians 3:5-10)
4.) Confess faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 8:36-37; Romans 10:9)
5.) Be baptized (in water) for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:37-41; 1Peter 3:21; John 3:3-5; Acts 22:16; Romans 6:3-8; Colossians 2:12; Galatians 3:26-27; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 8:34-39; Ephesians 4:5)
6.) Remain faithful for the rest of our lives and carry our cross daily (Revelation 2:10; Matthew 24:13; Luke 9:23)
We become saved (conversion occurs) and we come into contact with the blood of Christ (or enter into Christ), at baptism, after steps 1-4 have been fulfilled.
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As you are now so
once was I
As I am now so you
Prepare for death
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