This is one of the transcribed articles of my Sunday Bible Sharing during our cottage prayer meeting way back 2007. I forgot the exact date, I just recovered the notes I made for this sharing recently.
In this world, money seems to be all that it takes to live. How to gain money seems to be our greatest preoccupation, at least in our mind today.
Eh kung mawalan ka ba naman ng pera, parang hindi ka na mabubuhay. Lalo na tayong mga estudyante. kapag nadedelay ang allowance, nagagalit, nagngitngit, buti’t hindi natin maisipang magbigti, pero sobra na rin yon.
Nung bata pa tayo, mawalan tayo ng 1 peso parang mamatay-matay na tayo sa kaiiyak. Nawala na sa atin yong pambili ng lintoy. Eh nung bata pa ako,powerful ang lintoy na yan. Kapag napaiyak mo kaibigan mo, lintoy lang katapat niyan.Kapag ikaw naman ang nagugutom, yon din ang panghimagas mo. As early as childhood, we learn the value of money,the value of wealth. Nalalaman na natin na ang isang peso pwede nang ibili ng kung ano-anong kinakailangan natin. We learn that money is indispensable so that even in our childhood existence natututo na tayong magkimkim ng pera.
When a student like us buy Cheding Peanuts,yong malaki,para pasalubong, it costs us 200+. If we have a monthly allowance of 2000 pesos,thats 10% deduction.
You know Carlos Slim Helu? According to Fortune magazine, he has overtaken Bill Gates as the richest man in the world. How much is his total asset? Fifty nine billion US dollars! Ang laking pera,kahit saksakan mo pa ng pagkain lahat ng butas sa katawan mo hindi mo pa yan mauubos. Now, 10% of 59 billion is 59 million, so kahit pa bumili ng 30 million dollar luxury car si Carlos Slim, hindi pa yan kakaltas ng 10% sa kanyang yaman. For Carlos Slim buying a multimillion luxury car is as easy as eating Cheding Peanuts!
And yet, the Bible calls money as the root of all evil. Payag kayo nun? Ako payag ako,if properly interpreted. Actually, the proper translation is “the love of money is the root of all evil.”
We always notice it that those individuals who became suddenly rich also suddenly changed their attitudes.
Marami-rami rin sa mga tao ngayon ang naputulan ng kamay,ng paa, ng leeg, at nalagasan ng buhay dahil sa agawan sa lupa. We exchange our lives for just a strip of land, when the fact is that when we die, we will only need six feet of it. Instead of us controlling wealth, it controls us, and at other times,it decides our lives.
Don’t get me wrong, of course wealth is useful. I also dreamed of having a lot of money someday.
Huwag lang nating isipin na yaman na ang lahat-lahat sa atin. Most important, we need something that lasts, from here up to eternity.
We need God,we need Christ,we need salvation.
Businesses don’t always give us good profits. Jobs are not permanent. But God never fades; Christ never fades from everlasting to everlasting. Living a life with Him is more important than living a life with all the worldly luxuries.
You know Kurt Cobain? The lead singer of Nirvana,a famous singer, mayaman,mapera,sikat. I guess, we also dream the kind of fortune he had. But he was addicted to drugs, hindi niya nagamit ng maayos ang kapalaran niya. Until the police found him dead, he committed suicide.
Hitler, the man who have conquered much of Europe, mayaman,sikat, makapangyarihan,died by killing himself alongside the ruins of Berlin.
Alexander the Great,that great man of Macedonia,defeated Cyrus, conquered India, founder of one of the world’s largest empire,mayaman,mapera, sikat,he died of fever-typhoid fever. Anong bilin niya ng siya’y mamamatay na? Ilabas ang kanyang kamay sa kanyang kabaong. What does it mean?
Here I am, I have conquered many lands, but now I will die bearing nothing, not even a handful of soil.
Gawin nating meaningful ang buhay natin.Huwag tayong mamatay ng walang kwenta, not knowing life’s purpose,and not knowing God.
That meaningful life can only be achieved when we anchor it on a solid foundation,and that is Christ.
According to APO in their song Tupang Ligaw,
Kayamanan at lahat ng kalayawan
Wala pala itong kabuluhan
Kung si Cristo ay wala pa sa iyong buhay
Para kang isang tupang ligaw
May we find that purpose of life in Him!
To God be the glory!