I recently watched an interview with a billionaire and found one thing he said to be very interesting. At one point he brought up how he doesn’t really have anyone to answer to. Of course what he meant was he’s his own boss, and then he proceeded to talk about how he wears a t-shirt and tennis shoes everyday as if only billionaires have that privilege. I thought to myself, I do that everyday too, but I’m far from a billionaire!
What dawned on me, as I thought about that statement later, is how everyone is looking for peace, rest, meaning and contentment in their lives. This man is a billionaire and yet when questioned about what advantages and privileges that carries with it his answer was a simply how he gets to wear t-shirts, jeans and tennis shoes everyday. In other words he gets to do what most middle class, or even poor Americans, do for most of their lives. He had bought into the conformity of the world, and it’s suits and ties, until he became a billionaire, and now he finally gets to dress the way all of us have dressed for our whole lives.
The Apostle Paul told us in Philippians ” Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him (Christ) who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11-13 NASB)
You see contentment never comes with more money or things. Even though most know this in a mental way the disappointment that accompanies the deception of wealth is our best teacher. If the truth is told we all tend to go the wrong way before we discover the truth. Even though we hear the truth we almost always have to walk it out before it really comes home to us.
I really don’t know anything about this billionaire’s faith, or lack thereof, but I was glad to see he was finding pleasure in the simple things in life such as a t-shirt and tennis shoes. I think we’ve come a long way when we can finally sit still and enjoy nature around us, or the quiet company of someone we love, without having to always be on the run trying to obtain something from the world that can only be found in Christ. You see, the Apostle Paul actually had quite the resume, which is found in chapter 3 of Philippians, if anyone wants to read it. Without writing it all here let me just tell you what he discovered. He said, ” Whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ…” (Philippians 3:7-8 NASB)
So you see whether we’re a billionaire or not it is only in Christ that true contentment is to be found. Attempting to find it elsewhere is like trying to quench your thirst by drinking saltwater. No matter how much you drink you will always be in need of more. There simply isn’t any lasting peace or contentment apart from Jesus Christ.