I’ve read in the news this past week that not just one but two billionaires have died–Chris Cline and Ross Perot. Can you imagine being a billionaire? I certainly can’t. I can’t even fathom being a millionaire. No doubt these men worked hard for their wealth, and while I applaud them for their grit and determination and for achieving their amazing level of financial success, I couldn’t help but think of the verses in Mark 8:36-37. They say, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
I have no idea what the spiritual states of these men were, and whatever they were, their spiritual destinies have now been sealed for eternity. When it comes to the end of life, money is not relevant and is gone from the individual forever–passed on to family members or businesses.
A large sum of money is relatively unattainable for most of us, but each of us has something worth more than all the money in the world–a soul. There is nothing more precious or more valuable. God certainly must have thought so or He wouldn’t have bothered to send His only, begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the ultimate price so that souls could be saved from eternal death to live forever in heaven. Why toil an entire lifetime (60? 70? 80 years?) to gain monetary wealth and in the end lose your soul for eternity?