Hard For The Wealthy
Mark 10:22 But at these words his face fell, and he went away grieved, for he was one who owned much property.
Mark 10:23 And Jesus, looking around, said^ to His disciples, “How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!”
Mark 10:24 And the disciples were amazed at His words. But Jesus answered^ again and said^ to them, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!
Mark 10:25 “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Mark 10:26 And they were even more astonished and said to Him, “Then who can be saved?”
Mark 10:27 Looking upon them, Jesus said^, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”
Mark 10:28 Peter began to say to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You.”
Mark 10:29 Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake,
Mark 10:30 but that he shall receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life.
Mark 10:31 “But many who are first, will be last; and the last, first.”
Why is it hard?
Wealth changes both heart and mind
Heart – that is where your treasure is; wealth demands more à priority, focus
Life becomes how the money will be spent, managed, saved
Luke 12:16 And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a certain rich man was very productive.
Luke 12:17 “And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’
Luke 12:18 “And he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.
Luke 12:19 ‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”‘
Wealth creates a sense of capability à money is power, people who have money are very capable
Don’t have to clean house, mow yard, wash car – pay for that
Don’t have to worry about something not happening, can make it happen
Don’t have to negotiate with people, reach agreements, just pay for it
This is the allure of wealth – the perception that you can remove people from the mix
Serving at Springfield – asked to be on the Founding Board of a Children’s Home
The idea came from a wealthy benefactor who grew up in the area
Almost every time we met we discovered that our tasks had already been done
A board was a Georgia requirement – we were there to rubber stamp his decisions
Confronted him about this – asked him if he wanted to do it, or do you want the Board
Told me he was used to getting things done when and how he wanted – had the money to do it
A life without limits leads to self-destruction most of the time
Why were the disciples astonished?
Religion takes effort to do well
Time, energy, money, skills
The wealthy have more of these than anyone
Religion is about permanence – the wealthy put their names on things to make themselves permanent
Ever tried to replace something that has a plaque on it
Margarate A Pitts – UM student scholarship at Wesleyan; conference room and motel at EBTS; dining hall at Lagrange College; Margaret A. Pitts Professor of Theological Bibliography and Librarian and Theology library at Candler; scholarship and Library at Andrew College; cottage at children’s home; administrative building at Magnolia Manor
Dealing With the Hard
- Don’t allow the money to define who you are – more value to God and the church than the giving that is done
- Don’t allow the money to define how you define others –
- Money cannot buy time – use of time is the expression of true commitments and loyalties
- Don’t allow money to create affection for the world.
The richest among Georgia’s billionaires remains Anne Cox Chambers, the 92-year-old daughter of James M. Cox, the media mogul who built Cox Enterprises Inc. She ranks No. 61 in the world and has a current estimated net worth of $12.5 billion. Her estimated net worth last year was $13.4 billion.
Cox Chambers’ nephew James Kennedy, 64, ranked 157 in the world with an estimated net worth of $6.3 billion. Last year, his estimated net worth was $6.7 billion.
Bernie Marcus, the 82-year-old The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) co-founder, Georgia Aquarium benefactor and Atlanta philanthropist, was 546 on the global list with an estimated net worth of $2.3 billion. Last year, he had an estimated net worth of $1.9 billion.
Media mogul Ted Turner, 73, ranked 634 with an estimated net worth of $2 billion.
Home Depot co-founder and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, 69, placed at No. 913 in the world with an estimated net worth of $1.4 billion. Last year, he had an estimated net worth of $1.3 billion.
Chick-fil-A Inc. founder S. Truett Cathy, 91, came in at No. 960 in the world with an estimated net worth of $1.3 billion. Last year, his net worth was estimated at $1.8 billion.
Notably, Spanx founder and Atlantan Sara Blakely is on the cover of Forbes’ March 26 issue, which features the rich list, and is ranked 1,135 on the list. Her company, which makes slimming undergarments for women and men, is now valued at about $1 billion. Forbes has a feature story about her success
Atlanta Business Chronicle
Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2012