Two weeks ago, we learned of the tragic story of a young man by the name of Moritz Erhardt. He was a 21-year-old German bank intern working in the London offices of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He was found dead in his home after working for 72 hours without sleep in the company’s investment banking division.
In the wake of his death, Reuters published a very interesting article about the kind of culture that drives young interns to go to extremes in order to secure their future in the money-making centers of the world. Belinda Goldsmith, who wrote the article, says: “Attracted to the glass towers of finance in London, New York and Singapore by the prospect of securing a full-time job and hefty wage, future ‘masters of the universe’ often face 20-hour days in some of the most adrenaline-soaked offices on earth. Weekends at work and meals in the office are par for the course with anecdotal reports of the ‘magic roundabout’ where interns get a taxi home after dawn and leave it waiting while they have a quick shower and then return to work.” One former intern who now has a job at a major U.S. bank said, “People push themselves because they want an offer with the bank and the chance of a great career and great money. This is a golden path.”
This “golden path” — this drive for money — is dangerous physically, mentally, and spiritually. It is not only bank and investment interns who pursue money this madly. But, people from every career path knock themselves out to be financially and materially successful. Their heart is set on the next big sale, the next big paycheck, and the next big thing they can buy.
The Bible warns us against allowing ourselves to be obsessed with money and material possessions. First Timothy 6:10 says, “the love of money is the root of all evil.” Jesus Christ said in Matthew 16:26: “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” In other words, it does no good for a man to pursue money and material possessions on this earth, but neglect the matters of his eternal soul. As someone once put it so well, “He who provides for this life, but takes no care for eternity is wise for a moment, but a fool forever.”
Right now, you may be pursuing money and material things with all your might. I want to invite you to pause and take a moment to consider the destiny of your soul after you die. You see, no matter how much money you make or material things you gain on this earth, none of it will matter when you die. Moritz Erhardt, the young intern who died last week, took none of his money or material possessions with him when he passed from this life to the next. As the Bible says in First Timothy 6:7, “We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”
The only thing that will matter once you die is how you took care of your soul — that is, whether or not you decided to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. If you accept Christ as your Savior, you will find a purpose in life that is far more important than money and material things. On top of that, you will gain spiritual blessings that are not tied to this life. In Matthew 6, Jesus Christ encourages us to “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Would you like to get your heart in the right place? Would you like to begin storing up treasures in Heaven that will never fade away? These treasures are eternal rewards that you will gain by becoming a follower of Jesus Christ. You will gain peace with God, joy because of your salvation, and fulfillment and purpose through service to Jesus Christ. You will also gain Heavenly rewards that far surpass the value of anything you can gain on this earth. First Corinthians 2:9 says, “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
Would you like to trade temporary earthly gain for eternal rewards? Would you like to give up your reliance on material things that can be taken away for eternal things that can never be taken away? If so, there are a few steps you must take.
First, recognize that your sins have separated you from God. Even though Adam and Eve were the first to sin, we must each take responsibility for our own actions. In honest repentance agree with God about your sinfulness and admit your need for forgiveness. First John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Second, realize that God loves you, and believe that the sinless Jesus Christ died for your sins — taking the punishment you deserve. John 3:16 says, “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 death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the only thing that makes it possible for God to forgive us of our sins and allow us to live in the New Heaven and the New Earth.
Third, accept Jesus Christ as your Savior from sin and sin’s consequences by believing that he died, was buried, and rose again, and receiving Him into your life by faith. Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “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.”
If you accept Jesus Christ into your heart, you will begin a relationship with God that will last for eternity. You will be able to get on the straight and narrow road — the true golden path — that will lead you to greater intimacy with God, and eventually to your eternal home in Heaven with Him where you will be able to enjoy the rewards of having Jesus Christ in your life. If you want to begin this relationship right now, you can pray a short prayer right now to let God know that you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour so that you can spend eternity with him. Please repeat after me and mean it from your heart.
Holy Father God, 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 and forever. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!