The thing those in Hollywood don’t know.

You hear nearly daily of this celebrity or that celebrity saying that they know what is best for the rest of humanity. Why? Because they are rich.
This is what the Bible says about those that have been given wealth in the world:
1 John 3:17 – If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?
Now the first thing that will come from the minds of the read of this post is this:
“But they are showing compassion.”
Now let’s expand this topic to include the full teaching in this letter.
1 John 3:11 – This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12 We must not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and killed his brother. And why did he kill him? Because Cain had been doing what was evil, and his brother had been doing what was righteous. 13 So don’t be surprised, dear brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. 14 If we love our brothers and sisters who are believers, it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead. 15 Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them. 16 We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? 18 Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 19 Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. 20 Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything. 21 Dear friends, if we don’t feel guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence. 22 And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do the things that please him. 23 And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us. 24 Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Spirit he gave us lives in us.
So in the full teaching we see that it is both faith and works that shows we are children of God. So for a celebrity to tell us we must welcome the sick and the poor. However they live in wealth, luxury and leisure. They horde most their wealth and if they do share it they share very little.
Those that are given wealth are not to store up their wealth, especially if they profess to be “Christian.” We should live on enough to be debt free and not to live in excess and luxury. Once we reach this point, yet we are still given the wealth of this world that which exceeds our base needs should be given first to our fellow Christians in need so that they can then live debt free and in comfort. If we still have worldly wealth left that should be given beyond the body of Christ to help those truly in need. For that is what the Bible teaches us to do.
So those that are called celebrities are not something to revere, but to shun and ignore for they are of the world and we are not to befriend the world. For those that do befriend the world are the enemies of God.

True wealth management

There are two key elements that Jesus Himself established. Those with the most and are the highest here in this temporal plain will be the least and the poorest in the eternal life to come.
Matthew 19:30 – But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.
Also as shown with the encounter with the young rich man and Jesus, as well as he follow-up statement to His apostles. It is harder for a rich person to get into heaven then it is for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. (Matthew 19:16-30)
So how should a Christian approach wealth?
Well first and foremost. If he has some he shouldn’t horde it or store it up.
Matthew 6: 19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
In fact we are encouraged to share it with our fellows in Christ that are not been given wealth.
1 John 3:17 – If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?
So here is how it should be done. Let’s look at a fictional person and show the point.

Malcolm is a young and talented African American. His parents are middle class and have never divorced.
Malcolm decides to enter into the aircraft manufacturing world and after attending A&P school is able to acquire a position in Washington State fulfilling his dream.
It takes him about six years to get to the top of his pay rate which allows him to bring in a net worth of $100,000 per year. Soon after he marries.
His wife is a nurse and she also makes a net worth of $100,000 per year.
So Malcolm and his wife buy a wonderful home in a nice area.
Malcolm was taught well by his parents and so without question or reservation gave $20,000 of his income to various charities most of which were Christian based and run. Example: Samaritan’s Purse.
A few years pass, in addition to a couple of children and suddenly Malcolm’s talent comes into play. He makes it in the music industry.
Unexpectedly, he and his wife have an income of $6,000,000 per year. Due to his upbringing though he never chances his lifestyle. Few living around him even put two and two together about who he is. He does not brag about it or flaunt it. He keeps his personal life out of the spotlight, but he did payoff the loan on his home and stayed within it. He continued to live his live exactly the same, but he and his wife decide to establish to live off $300,000 per year.
All the rest of his income continued to go to various charities. One of which he starts himself to help those truly in need.
This is how those that have been given worldly wealth are to manage it for it is temporal and fleeting.

Goal in this temporal life

What is it you are seeking? What are your goals?
Are they to seek out wealth? Are you trying to seek fame? Do you seek to have your name go down through history?
If any of these are your goals then I have bad news for you: They are of this world and anything of this world is really not worth pursuing.
You want to know a couple of my goals.
1) To find someone to share all that I encounter. All the good and the bad. All the wonders and horrors. All the happy times and sad. (goal met and accomplished)
2) To see all the wonders of the universe. (heading in the right direction for this [I think])
“How it is possible to see all the wonders of the universe?” you ask.
Simple. Turn to God and serve Him. Follow the teaching of the Bible and turn from that which is called evil within it.
“You didn’t answer my question!” you state.
Actually yes I did. For God has promised all that server Him an eternal life. Are we going to spend it on this speck of a planet when God created the entire universe? No we are not. We will server God throughout His entire creation. What will we do there only time will tell, and since a few billion years is a long time. I have a feeling I my just get a chance to see all the wonders of the universe. Leaving events in this temporal life behind.

100 years verses 1000000000000000000000000000 years, which is greater?

There is nothing once you die.

There are those that believe this title. Then why is there life? What is the purpose? To accumulate all you can in fifty or sixty years, no matter what the cost or who you hurt to do so. Hoping that as you do your name will be a name remembered throughout history in some form. The odds of either of those things happening is extremely bad for must upon this earth. Then what is the purpose?
That mentality shows itself to be faulty and full of false hopes and dreams. Yet many try to live life in just this manner.
This is what I know to be fact from reading the Bible. Now don’t laugh, just read on and see where this is going.
The Bible says that God knows us before we are even born. So your name is already known by the One that created this entire universe, so the need to seek fame is not required.
We are all promised an eternal body, so if we get a body that is designed to live for all eternity then there is something beyond this life. A something that will last beyond this mere and short one hundred year, in fact billions upon billions of years.
This is mentioned in the Bible as well. There isn’t a lot of detail but what is certain is that heaven is just a holding area for those that have passed this life at this time until the Great White Throne Judgment occurs, and that is only for those that have served God well and loyally. Other events happen before the judgment but due to the topic of this particular post they are not necessary to go into.
Here is the bad news though. So say you are someone that has made a ton of money and left a trail of both literal and figurative bodies behind you as you excelled at your tasks. So since there is nothing beyond this life in your eyes then there is no God, no Jesus and nothing to follow this temporal existence we now live in.
Then on that day of judgement you waken and are call before God. Your life is reviewed and the trail of blood you have left behind says one thing to Him. Well there is something that will happen in your new body and it will last for decades, centuries, millennial after millennial. It is extremely warm and unpleasant and there is a lot of pain involved and it is eternal.
Is this really the type of worldly treasure you wish to give yourself?