As of this writing, according to Forbes, the top three richest people in the world are worth well over 70 billion dollars each. The collective worth of the world’s billionaires is well over 7.6 trillion dollars. The largest ever lottery winner happened in 2017 with a single ticket to a single person worth 758 million dollars. Many of us hear those staggering numbers and think, “Why not me?” Out of the billionaires, many worked hard to get that amount. A few inherited great fortunes. And of course, the lottery winner had the biggest gap with hundreds of millions coming her way with the cost of a few dollars in lottery tickets. Still, we think that is the ultimate goal in life. We think that’s the way to change the world.
We think that way because that’s the way the world works. That’s what this world teaches. However, most of the billionaires and the torrid stories coming from lottery winners headlong downfall back into poverty teaches us - money isn’t everything. But still we live in this ego self centric society.
One little passing phrase in 1 Peter 1:12 says, “It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you…” Peter writes to new believers learning how to live a life of faith. He told them that so many prophets and God followers of the past longed to live in the day of the promise of God revealed in Christ. Instead, it was revealed to them that they served to pave a way for others.
That speaks volumes for us today. Money isn’t everything. Comfort isn’t everything. Self isn’t everything. We are to live for a greater purpose and design. Much of what we miss in our ego self centric world is the incredible fact that we may be here for others. We may be paving a way for others. We may be here to help and love others.
Come billions through hard work or inheritance or hundreds of millions through the lottery, or come the day to day sustenance promised to us by God Himself, maybe we should turn our attention away from self and toward service. That will truly change the world.