“Winners & Losers”

Posted: September 10, 2013 in Christian Life, Money, Success

It’s been called “the root of all evil” but it’s not. But the love of it is (1 Timothy 6:10). Of course, we’re talking about money. Jesus often talked about it but He wasn’t a fundraiser. He dealt with money matters because money matters. For some of us, though, it matters too much.

Successful. It has been reported that in 1928 a group of the world’s most successful financiers met at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago. The following were present: The president of the largest utility company, the greatest wheat speculator, the president of the New York Stock Exchange, a member of the President’s Cabinet, the greatest “bear” on Wall Street, the president of the Bank of International Settlements, the head of the world’s greatest monopoly. Collectively, these tycoons controlled more wealth than there was in the U.S. Treasury, and for years newspapers and magazines had been printing their success stories and urging the youth of the nation to follow their examples.

Failures. Twenty-five years later, this is what had happened to these men. The president of the largest independent steel company, Charles Schwab, lived on borrowed money the last five years of his life and died broke. The greatest wheat speculator, Arthur Cutten, died abroad, insolvent. The president of the New York Stock Exchange, Richard Whitney, served a term in Sing Sing Prison. The member of the President’s Cabinet, Albert Fall, was pardoned from prison so he could die at home. The greatest “bear” on Wall Street, Jesse Livermore, committed suicide. The president of the Bank of International Settlements, Leon Fraser, committed suicide. The head of the world’s greatest monopoly, Ivar Drueger, committed suicide. All of these men had learned how to make money, but not one of them had learned how to live. They were out of balance. “For what will if profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul [in hell]” (Mark 8:36).

Quotes. “I’d trade all the money and things I have for a little tranquility and a secure hope that I know what is going to happen to me after I die.” “I’d trade all the success I’ve achieved for an hour of pure love, an hour without pain, or an hour of knowing that I have done what God created me to do.” “As human beings, imperfect by nature, we place little value on things that we do not pay for. We value homes, automobiles, boats, and television sets, and at the same time, place little or no value on the things in life that are free- our bodies, minds, families, friends, good health, love, and the natural laws of the universe.” – Glen Bland

Two Dimes. “Money often comes between men and God. Someone has said that you can take two small ten-cent pieces, just two dimes, and shut out the view of a panoramic landscape. Go to the mountains and just hold two coins closely in front of your eyes. The mountains are still there, but you cannot see them at all because there is a dime shutting off the vision in each eye. It doesn’t take large quantities of money to come between us and God. Money, in the wrong position, will effectively obscure our view.” Cedric Gowler

So What? Christians can use money, which is part of the present world system, but we must not abuse it or love it (1 Corinthians 7:31; 1 John 2:15-17). How we handle money reveals much about the depth of our dedication to Christ. You can’t buy your way into heaven. This “ticket” was purchased for you by the Lord Jesus Christ when He died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3-8). All you need to do is reach out and receive His gift of eternal life by faith (John 1:12; 3:16; Ephesians 2:8, 9). If you’ve never done this, why not now?

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