David Green: One of the Richest Men in America Uses his Money to Affect Lives for Eternity


He is the founder and president of the largest arts and crafts store chain in the United States, which has over 500 stores and 21 thousand employees. He is a member of the Forbes 400 and is worth $4.5 billion dollars, making him #79 on the list of the richest people in America.

Even though each of his five siblings grew up to became preachers or preachers’ wives, he fell in love with the idea of selling things after graduating from high school. While he was working as a manager at a five-and-dime store, he borrowed $600 to buy the equipment he needed to start his own business, and in 1972, he opened his first store. Even though his fast growing company was initially a success, it experienced a “brush with death” in 1985. He described the issue as a problem with his leadership style. He said, “It was a pride problem, and I had to get rid of it. It’s sort of like God said to me, because I was arrogant, ‘I’m going to let you have it by yourself.'” He found the solution to the company’s problems by getting under his desk and praying for help.

Attributing the company’s present success to God, he says, “If you have anything or if I have anything, it’s because it’s been given to us by our Creator. So I have learned to say, ‘Look, this is yours, God. It’s all yours. I’m going to give it to you.'” Today, he gives half of the company’s profits toward operations that share Christ with others. Through foundations he supports, he has already distributed nearly 1.4 billion copies of Gospel literature in more than 100 countries, mostly in Africa and Asia. He also sponsors the YouVersion Bible app which is available in 144 languages and has been downloaded more than 85 million times. He says, “I don’t know how to get anywhere else unless you start with that one thing: that the Bible is God’s word.”

Regarding his strong commitment to sharing Christ, he says, “My company is worth billions of dollars. So what? Is that the end of life, making more money and building something? For me, I want to know that I have affected people for eternity. I believe I am [doing that]. I believe once someone knows Christ as their personal savior, I’ve affected eternity.” His name is David Green and he is the founder and president of Hobby Lobby.

This is the “Chief of Sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, reminding you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me. Just as David Green gave her life to Christ, may I encourage you to do the same. Here is how:

First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.

The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.

Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.

Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.

And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer:

Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour!

Remember, friend, Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith!