Wouldn't you like to make a boatload of money in just a few hours a day using only your cell phone? There are plenty of “how to be successful” podcasts, not just the Top 10, but the Top 45! Influencers and followers are nothing new.
Psalm 49:13 cautions about people who trust in themselves and their own ability to get rich: “That’s what happens to those who trust in themselves.” Prior to this the writer explains, “They trust in their wealth. They brag about how rich they are.”
The psalmist points out the blatantly obvious: we are all going to die.
10 Everyone can see that even wise people die.
People who are foolish and who have no sense also pass away.
All of them leave their wealth to others.
11 Their tombs will remain their houses forever.
Their graves will be their homes for all time to come.
Naming lands after themselves won’t help either.
12 Even though people may be very rich, they don’t live on and on.
They are like the animals. They die.
If your influencers are people who rely on themselves, self-made people who have “made it”…pause the podcast! Why? Because scripture says, “It also happens to their followers, who agree with what they say.” What happens? Not success, but death. The point God makes is simple: earthly money cannot pay for eternity.
No one can pay for the life of anyone else.
No one can give God what that would cost.
We will soon begin a new podcast season, “When capital meets eternity.” Capital is not bad, and it is not neutral: it can be positive. When we are following “how to” influencers, however, let’s pause the podcast and make sure we follow those who connect capital and eternity so that we don’t end up in the same box as them… literally.