I am always blown away by how rich some people are.
When we lived in New Jersey, we meandered down a beautiful back road that was near us and discovered ‘millionaire row’.
Picture gated castle entrances and sprawling mansions that could easily house a family of 50.
Once a week, Rick played basketball with a guy in our town who owned a business in the city. A couple of years ago, he invited us to his annual Christmas party. When we arrived at his house, I must confess that I was so overwhelmed by his beautiful abode that I struggled to even get out of the car!
I was dressed fairly decent but began to fear that I was probably way underdressed. I am typically not an insecure person socially, but I started to wonder what on earth would I talk about with people who ran in circles of such high places that I would look like a speck of dust floating into the abyss of nothingness in comparison.
So, today as I read an article about the super rich and their interests, it most definitely spiked mine.
It seems that the richest people on the planet are not satisfied to own the latest car model, but rather to own a submarine or a rocket. They don’t just want to buy an island, they want to own a planet and hire researchers and scientists who will find a way to set up colonies and communities there.
Most interesting of all is the fact that some of them have spent millions to try to extend life. Google founder, Sergey Bin has sunk more than 1 billion into a “longevity lab”. He has scientists working feverishly to find a way to defeat death or at least extend life. (“Secrets of the super rich: Forget the toys, what the wealthy really crave is power” Financial Post).
Evidently Silicon Valley tech geeks are buying up abandoned farm land in New Zealand because of their fear of a nuclear attack.
All of this sounds wonderful until we realize that death more than likely cannot be stopped or prevented no matter how hard we try to control it.
Rather than spending millions to postpone or prevent death, why not acknowledge that it will happen and prepare for it?
This is where Jesus comes in and just another reason I love Him so much!
You don’t have to be a millionaire to gain access to an eternity of paradise.
We hear of pearly gates and streets of gold beyond the crystal sea, but that isn’t even what seals the deal for most of us.
As beautiful as it will be, nothing will compare to an eternal life in the presence of all that is good, all that is love and a world free of sin, suffering and sorrow.
The gift of eternal life is freely given to all who will receive by faith Christ’s work for them on the cross. Because he plays no favorites, the millionaires and destitute together, have the opportunity to the free gift of salvation. (Ephesians 2:8-9)(John 3:16)
When Philippians 4:19 tells us, “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus”, I can land on the fact that he has all the riches I need.
So, who wants to be a millionaire?
Only those who don’t understand what it truly means to be rich.