Quick Fact List:
The deepest depth of the ocean floor known to man? Marina Trench // 36,200 ft.
Highest mountain and height? Mt. Everest // 29,029 ft.
The pinnacle of automobile luxury based on price? Buggati Veyron Supreme Sport
Fastest production automobile? Veyron Grand Sport.
Speed of said automobile? 254 mph.
The most expensive one night hotel stay on earth? 65k / Royal Penthouse Suite, Hotel President Wilson, Geneva
Richest man in the world estimated net worth? 90.1B (Bill Gates).
Estimate of the world’s longest yacht? 590 ft. (Azzam)
Estimated price of the most expensive house in the world? 245 million.
Fastest top speed of a jet airplane in the entire world known to man, and disclosed by the government estimate? 2,193 mph. (Lockheed SR-71)
Strongest man in the world top bench press weight estimate? 1,000~ lbs.
Yet the race doesn’t go to the fastest, strongest, smartest, or most skillful — as we read in Ecclesiastes:
11 I returned and saw under the sun that—
The race is not to the swift,
Nor the battle to the strong,
Nor bread to the wise,
Nor riches to men of understanding,
Nor favor to men of skill;
But time and chance happen to them all.
Ecclesiastes 9:11 (NKJV).
While the prestigious achievements, impressive figures, speeds, financial success, and feats of strength are fantastic. Of course they pale in comparison to the majesty of God’s own creation of pristine, natural prominence. God can use the most unexpected, unqualified, unskilled, unwise, weakest, and slowest to perform best in regards to obeying Him. It matters more that we obey, abide, fear, and ultimately love God. He can make us who are willing to embrace His call, and humble ourselves before Him, to be used for great tasks!
Any other measure of worldly success, accolades, or treasures aren’t meaningless. They’re only useful to the extent that we can utilize them to bring God more glory, to share His Word, and to bless others by building up His kingdom. In order to successfully bless others, we shouldn’t feel guilty about enjoying some of the blessings that God has bestowed upon us. This has to be a sobering thought, with respect to how privileged we are, particularly in the context of the entirety of the world. It should encourage us to operate in gratitude, contentment, and generous love. This is sobering, because we know according to scripture that:
“25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Mark 10:25 (NKJV).
Riches are a liability or a peril because we have the illusion of self provision and being self reliant. We know that these are inaccurate of course, because God provides everything. Anything of eternal value stems from Him working in, with, and through us. We need to acknowledge that all good and perfect gifts come from above, from the Father of Lights:
“17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” James 1:17 (NKJV).
Outside of His continual guidance, through the lead of His Holy Spirit, I wouldn’t be able to abide in Him and obey Him. That means I need His grace to be the sustaining fuel of even fulfilling my moral responsibilities in recognition of the Bible. Not from the standpoint of obligation, but from the perspective of one who is victorious. One who has died with Christ, and is now risen in Him as well. We’re new creations!
“17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV).
We’re some of the richest people on the face of the earth, and therefore we need to be good stewards of what we have been entrusted. Not only material blessings, but of course our time, energy, and effort which are irreplaceable components of our time here on earth. These might even be more integral to utilize rightly, so that we walk circumspectly. Not as fools, but as wise. Redeeming the time:
“15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,”
Ephesians 5:15-20 (NKJV).
“30 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” Matthew 19:30 (NKJV).
What does it profit a man to inherit the world and lose his soul? Nothing.
36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. Mark 8:35-38 (NKJV).
What value can one individual ascribe to a soul? You can’t. It’s priceless, only God can even fathom the calculation, and human beings may not even be able to grasp it.
All the collective wealth of the entire world is less valuable than one human soul in light of eternity.
Shouldn’t we evangelize more often, and overcome our irrational fears? I am not the richest man on earth, but I can win souls for Jesus Christ. So from the vantage point of a diversified “eternal return on investment” EROI portfolio, it’s strategically sound and highly recommended in light of God’s Word.
Most copies of the best selling book sold? Bible over 5 Billion copies est.
The value of the souls won for Jesus Christ, and the people who have been bold enough to take the Great Commission as their personal mission, is incomprehensible in magnitude by us! We are merely the messengers, and God draws people to His heart, if it has arrived the proper time. It’s beautiful to think for a moment about how many Bibles were sold, printed, and read throughout the history of mankind. Despite persecution, adversity, challenges, and critics – it still lives on throughout this day. Make no mistake, our God will not be mocked.
“7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” Galatians 6:7 (NKJV).
“44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:44 (NKJV).
Stay encouraged, keep diligently following God’s lead. He’ll fill in the gaps of your mistakes, and help you to persevere amidst any obstacle. Be comforted by His love transcending all physical, mental, and spiritual impediments or boundaries. You cannot be separated from God’s love, and once you have been saved (elected), you cannot lose your salvation. Take comfort in that, but don’t stand by the side lines waiting for Heaven. Share the wealth of this immaculate treasure. A relationship by grace, through faith, in Christ. Don’t hold it in, because it’s meant to be shared. His gift was free, but it most certainly wasn’t cheap. It was the greatest price ever paid in all of history, and it was paid for you and I! Let that sink in today.
“8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV).