For the most part, we here in the United States trust in our wealth. We put such a focus on our bank accounts that we often neglect more important concepts like faith, hope, and love. I used to throw money at problems to make them go away. It was easier than taking the time and effort to fix the problem myself and there always seemed to be enough money to bail me out of trouble. But I didn’t have enough money to buy my way out of the brokenness of this world.
There is an Italian proverb that says, after the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box. You can’t buy your way out of that box. And Jesus said in Matthew 19:24, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” You can’t buy your way into heaven either. So, money is not the answer.
The stuff that really matters in this life and in the life to come, isn’t for sale, it can’t be bought. There is a great exchange in the movie, One Night with the King, that demonstrates this.
- King Xerxes: Of all commodities, love is the easiest… and the most cheaply purchased.
- Queen Esther: If it is for sale, my lord. It is not love.
- King Xerxes: Even you must have a price.
- Queen Esther: I am neither a buyer nor a seller of love.
- King Xerxes: Suppose, my lady. A man offered you a more treasured gift. Say a kingdom.
- Queen Esther: The only gift I would accept is your heart.
“What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?” Luke 9:25
In the end, everything that can be burnt up, will be burnt up, and what really matters will be all that is left. “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1Cor. 13:13