Authored by John Beehner, founder of Wise Counsel, a process for Christian Entrepreneurs and author of the new best seller “The Freedom Revolution...Rocking our World.”

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wealth is Not a True Measure of Success

One of the major causes of economic crisis is greedy individuals in the marketplace.  Unfortunately for American consumers, we get caught up in these "greed binges."  We were all affected by the no money down, no credit check, no closings costs, easy money culture that facilitated the financial crisis of 2007, the worst economic crisis in America since the Great Depression.

Years ago, the Holy Spirit told me, "True wealth is not a  measure of success, but of responsibility."  God loves when his people use their gifts and talents to build relationships and create economic exchange.  But when we believe our security comes from our wealth, and give it too high a priority in our lives, it's like worshiping a false god.  Real joy is found in investing in those spiritual promptings, serving those around us, and helping others change their lives, that is true wealth, and a true measure of a successful life.

Many financially wealthy individuals throughout history have recognized this principle and contributed generously to the world.  John D. Rockefeller, Standard Oil magnate, created developmental research foundations that led to the eradication of hookworm and yellow fever, as well as many educational and Christian organizations.  Bill Gates is contributing to the research of a cure for AIDS.  Ted Turner has donated to the United Nations.

I think we can all agree, we would love to hear our Creator's voice when we leave this world say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."  That is the real measure of success.

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