For instance, let me briefly take you back to 1923. It was that year in which a group of the world's most wealthy men met in a large city in Midwest America. Who was present?
Collectively, these tycoons controlled more wealth than there was in the United States Treasury, and for years newspapers and magazines had been printing their success stories and encouraging the youth of the nation to follow their examples.
But, things are not always what they seem. Men may appear to be highly successful physically but quite poor spirituality. Many times material success will not last for a person because his life is not founded on Christian principles. Material wealth never brings the lasting joy it promises.
By 1950, here is what had become of those eight great men:
All of these men had learned how to make money (lots of it), but not one of them had learned how to live. None of them had a real purpose to their life. They were physically wealthy (for a time), but spiritually impoverished. How tragic!
What happened to them has happened to countless men before, and it is still happening today.
"Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows" (I Tim. 6:6-10).
"For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Matt. 16:26).