If money, fame and status

Was the answer to our lives,

Then we would all definitely consider

And for these things we’d want to strive.

If money, fame and status

Was the answer to happiness,

Then we would sacrifice many things

In order to have the best.

But once the top is reached

Unfulfilment will be there,

Instead of richness from the Lord

With His tender love and care.

And the irony is this…

That the more we accumulate,

The greater the insecurities

With anger, bitterness and hate.

Because we simply weren’t created

To gather and worship material things,

But rather to love and honour God

With the peace and joy this brings.

We’re disillusioned if we think

That our problems will be solved,

If we finally have money and fame

And where status is involved.

Studies have shown

That the more famous one is,

The greater the anger and disillusionment

With disappointment on their list.

Not to mention the jealousy

From acquaintances and friends,

Who compete to have the ‘best’

But where disillusionment is sent.

Because to have exceeding wealth

Will cause stress on many levels,

With the fear that it may disappear

And with emotional upheavals.

Additionally, it’s the temptations

To not give where required,

And to deal in fraudulent ways

And by selfishness inspired.

The rich will drag you into the courts

And blaspheme that noble name,

They would rather please man instead of God

And worship their status and fame.

The only status that’s registered

In the heavenly realm so true,

Is when we are the hands and feet

And share the gospel too.

Cursed is he who trusts in man

And won’t make God his rock;

The foundation that will never crumble

And where eternity is unlocked.

(C) P.B. 2021

“Do not lay up treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Matthew 6:19-21

“Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you!  Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten…you have lived on earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter.”  James 5:1-5

“Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.  And he said to Him, ‘All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.’  Then Jesus said to him, ‘Away with you, Satan!  For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”  Matthew 4:8-10

“And again I say to you, 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.”  Matthew 19:24

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.”  1 Timothy 6:10

“Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts?  Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called?”  James 2:6-7

“But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.”  Luke 16:25

“Thus says the Lord: ‘Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord.’”  Jeremiah 17:5