When god named Money loses its worth and power, the billionaires and multi-millionaires lose theirs, too – for their worth and power are hinged upon it.
We often read on Forbes Magazine that so and so billionaires and multi-millionaires are worth $30B, $20B, $5B, $800M, $600M, and so forth. When money is rendered valueless because of a change in our world system, those individual price tags will be gone. Money could no longer be used as a tool for dominance and clout. It could no longer be used by anyone, rich or poor. It could no longer protect or save anyone; be used to purchase, for purchasing will no longer be necessary.
Money will be rendered worthless because it will become obsolete or outdated. The era of its god-like status and predominance will come to pass.
Imagine billions, or rather trillions of U.S. dollars going to waste because we would NO LONGER NEED them. The same thing goes for euro, yen, rial, peso, or whatever currency unit your country is using right now. This concerns everyone who lives in this planet..
Why is this so? It is simply because this present world system that we are in right now will STOP one day. In that appointed time (by God, of course, who else can appoint such time?), everything will be totally changed, when the Great Day comes. It is also referred to as the Last Day, Last Judgment, Day of Reckoning, Day of the Lord, or Day of Wrath, etc.
Call it whatever you want, but that is the day everyone (including kings, presidents, magnates, movie stars, celebrities, etc.) faces God. I just mentioned these people because they are the ones who usually have lots of money. After eons and eons, our Creator finally says, “It’s time to wrap up”. The now stops and reckoning begins….
“Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivers from death (pr. 11.4)“,
This was from king Solomon ages and ages ago. He was fully aware of that day. He said that as a word of wisdom and a warning. Solomon was a very rich man. In our times, he could be an equivalent of a billionaire.
Peter, an apostle, described that day:
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be BURNED UP”. (2 Pe. 3.10)
Oh, will the LORD just burn everything up including us to ashes because He finally got fed up after thousands and thousands of years of our existence? Not quite, though. This is just a part on His Last Judgment, where He separates His people like a shepherd would separate the sheep from the goats (see Mat. 25.32). He’s got it all planned en route to His new heaven and earth (see Re.21.1). If you are good, worry not.
So, what’s the point of this writer? The point is in how we regard or esteem money and possessions. It is our attitude and behavior towards them that should be drastically reconsidered, for our own good.
We should not envy the super rich:
“…How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! (mk. 10.23)“,
Jesus himself said. Why is this so? It is because . . .
“…they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition”. (1 Ti. 6.9)”
This was the explanation of Apostle Paul.
Money is good. It is a need in our present situation and world set-up. But too much of it does more evil than good to a person. When people have too much of it, they tend to indulge in many pleasures of the flesh, and forget their God (see Pr. 30.9). Many get drunk with power, fame, influence, etc. and forget that there is a God more powerful than all of them combined. It is practically rare if you could find a very wealthy but humble and unattached man.
To have enough money is really good. If our basic needs are met, and we have some extra on the side for emergencies and unforeseen circumstances, then we should be appreciative and content. To have some money in the bank is really nice, too.
On one hand, to regard money as god, power, security, or fortress, as many multi-millionaires and billionaires do, is really, really a bad thing for them. Tons of money could really give someone a feeling of invincibility. Usually it is in this scenario where the Devil whispers in your ears and says “Hey, big guy, you could be a god…”. This is what he thought of himself, while intoxicated with pride, just before he got kicked out of Heaven (see Is. 14.12-13).
To be obsessed with or be enslaved by it is an utmost evil. It is when money has you, and not the other way around. There’s just too many cases of money turning people into proud and arrogant individuals. You hoard it, it becomes your treasure. If it becomes the chief end for everything that you do under the sun, then a review of life’s perspective could help.
The advice to rich people, or to people on the way to becoming rich? Tighten not your hold on it and your possessions, for you could get BURNED UP along with them on that day:
“…the day comes, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that comes shall burn them up, said the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch”. (Mal. 4.1)
BOTTOM LINE: MONEY CAN ONLY SECURE US FOR NOW. IT CAN NEVER GIVE SECURITY FOR OUR SOULS.
And you know Who can.