Making a Fortune
You were saved by faith in God, who treats us much better than we deserve. This is God’s gift to you, and not anything you have done on your own. It isn’t something you have earned, so there is nothing you can brag about. – Ephesians 2:8-9 (CEV)
Do you love the stories about “self-made” millionaires? Do you dream of earning a fortune? Taking risks that few other people will and refusing to get by the naysayers who doubt your ideas, abilities, drive, and imagination? To have such determination that if anyone second-guesses you, you keep on going, no matter how lonely it gets and hopeless it looks?
Yet, unless you use the blessings and acclaim that come from working hard, you will finish this life as an empty shell. You will never be able to earn enough money, own enough houses, drive enough cars or impress enough people to find eternal satisfaction.
Money, fame, and status are what one of my Son’s followers called cravings for pleasure, achievements and possessions. Then he added, “These are not from the Father, but are from this world” (1 John 2:16, NLT).
It’s not that there is anything wrong with hard work or owning things. But when it comes to eternity, My love is what really matters. That is something you can’t lose because no thieves can steal it and no con artist can swindle you of it. It’s something that will take you beyond this life. It’s the kind of security you can’t earn—or lose.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth
- What do you consider a fortune? How much time do you devote to getting it, or worrying about losing it?
- Watch this video about lucky lottery winners: What would you do if you won the lottery? How long would this fortune last?