None So Blind As….
Answer: How much money is enough money?
For John D. Rockefeller the answer was “just a little bit more.” At the peak of his wealth, Rockefeller had a net worth of about 1% of the entire US economy. He owned 90% of all the oil & gas industry of his time. Compared to today’s rich guys, Rockefeller makes Bill Gates and Warren Buffett look like paupers. And yet he still wanted “just a little bit more”.
Do you remember the verses that state: So, if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God. 4 When the Messiah, who is your[a] life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. 5 Therefore, put to death what belongs to your worldly nature… (Col.3:1-5)
Materialism is “the god in whom we trust” in this country. We love “stuff”. We don’t love it for long, but we do love it for a little while. We love it until something trendier and to our liking appears in the marketplace. Our solution to discarding what is no longer wanted? We have garage sales. What a strange phenomenon for strangers to pay a seller money to haul off what they do not want and would likely otherwise throw away! What a country!
The lives of the truly wealthy appear to be so wonderful. They never want for anything materially. They can travel anywhere, stay in the very best hotels in the most beautifully exclusive places, hob-nob with the “who’s who”, and seemingly not have a care in the world. That would be perfect, if the news did not often reveal the depression, loneliness, addictions, criminal activities, and immoral lives lived by so many in that group of well-to-do achievers.
Among the apostles, the one absolutely stunning success was Judas, and the one thoroughly groveling failure was Peter. Judas was a success in the ways that most impress us: he was successful both financially and politically. He cleverly arranged to control the money of the apostolic band; he skillfully manipulated the political forces of the day to accomplish his goal. And Peter was a failure in ways that we most dread: he was impotent in a crisis and socially inept. At the arrest of Jesus, he collapsed, a hapless, blustering coward; in the most critical situations of his life with Jesus, the confession on the road to Caesarea Philippi and the vision on the Mount of transfiguration, he said the most embarrassingly inappropriate things. He was not the companion we would want with us in time of danger, and he was not the kind of person we would feel comfortable with at a social occasion.
Time, of course, has reversed our judgments on the two men. Judas is now a byword for betrayal, and Peter is one of the most honored names in the church and in the world. Judas is a villain; Peter is a saint. Yet the world continues to chase after the successes of Judas, financial wealth and political power, and to defend itself against the failures of Peter, impotence and ineptness. (Copied).