……..and what do you really gain? History is littered with accounts of how the wealthiest people have been the most miserable. And here is a further one about the founder of Minecraft. What are we to say to this? Surely it is a reminder that the world offers so much and yet delivers so little. The world says “obsess with me and you will be fulfilled”. The reality is to the contrary. The best the world offers is generally considered to be associated with having lots of money. But the accumulation of monies still leads to the search for contentment being elusive. Money itself never brings satisfaction.
John sums up the character of the world when he says in 1 John 2:17a The world and its desires pass away. There is this fading character to all that the world offers. It is as if none of it ends up satisfying the inner needs of man.
Moreover there is an eternal perspective which needs to be considered. The interaction between the rich man’s perspectives and the Lord’s perspectives in Luke 12:13-21 is sobering. The rich man concentrated on his barns, but lost His soul. Consider these profound words from vv18-20 as the rich man reasons out his situation.
‘Then he said, “This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, ‘You have plenty of grain 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?”
Who will we obsess over God or money?