EARTH'S RICHEST PEOPLE 10/01/2008


by Moody Adams
The discovery of this treasure--“CHRIST IN YOU”--will bring you the true wealth of a Winner. It brings power, peace of mind, constant joy, getting up in the morning with a sense of purpose, real love, achievements that will outlast the grave, a clean conscience, abiding confidence, and much more.
God has promised us this vast wealth: “That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures” (Proverbs 8:21). It is the will of God that your treasures should be full.
You must receive this. It is God’s will for you to be rich in the true treasures: “The blessing of the Lord, it makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22).
The purpose of Jesus’ mission into this world was to fulfill that purpose and make you rich: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through his poverty might be rich” (II Corinthians 8:9). Jesus gave up all the riches of heaven and even gave up His life on a Roman cross that through His poverty we “might be rich.” The cross towers over the ages reminding us that Jesus suffered and died that we would not have to live as paupers, but enjoy the real riches of life.
When Paul discovered the treasure of Christ living in his body, he referred to it as “the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8). Like a man who has just discovered his property contains a gold mine, he has only one problem. He’s not going to live long enough to search out all the gold, to mine all there is. So he throws his arms in the air and exclaims, “Oh! Unsearchable riches!”
No man will live long enough to discover all the treasures in Christ. They are “unsearchable.”
All that is gold does not glitter
The riches of Christ do not glitter like this world’s gold, but they are of far greater value. They are the riches of this world’s true Winners.
Bob Johnson, the treasure hunter, confided in me that his treasure had brought an endless chain of problems into his life. Huge taxes had to be paid, years of hard work had to be done, and legal battles had to be fought. But Bob said, “The discovery of Jesus Christ has been worth so much more to me than finding that gold and silver.”
John D. Rockefeller Jr. said, “The poorest man I know is the man who has nothing but money.” All that is gold does not glitter. There are hidden riches, which do not catch men’s eye but have far greater value than those things which allure most men.
The poor rich men
In books like Think and Grow Rich, one of the men most often used as an example of great success is Charles Schwab. Mr. Schwab worked for Andrew Carnegie in the steel business for an annual salary of a million dollars back in the days when such a salary was unheard of. Schwab became the president of the largest independent steel company. Success books are littered with illustrations from his “successful” life. There is, however, one part of Schwab’s life that is strangely left out. He spent the last five years of his life dejected by absolute poverty. He died in bankruptcy. The many books and motivational messages relate Mr. Schwab’s life, don’t tell aspiring young men this part of the story.
In 1923 Mr. Schwab and eight other extremely successful financiers held a meeting in the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago. Included in the group were: Samuel Insull, president of the largest utility company; Howard Hopson, the man who headed the largest gas company; Arthur Cotton, the outstanding wheat speculator; Richard Whitney, the distinguished president of the New York Stock Exchange; Albert Fall, who was a member of the president’s cabinet; Leon Fraser, who headed the bank of international settlements; Jesse Livermore, who was known as the “bear” on Wall Street; and Iver Kruegar, who headed a great business monopoly.
Bill Bright points out in his booklet, Jesus and the Intellectual, that twenty-five years later: Schwab had died in bankruptcy, Samuel Insull had passed away as a fugitive from justice, broke and hiding in a foreign country; Howard Hopson had gone insane; Arthur Cotton had died abroad insolvent; Richard Whitney had been shamed by serving time in Sing Sing; Albert Fall had been granted a pardon from the penitentiary so he could die at home; Jesse Livermore, Iver Kruegar and Leon Fraser had all committed suicide.
The Bible says, “The blessing of the Lord, it makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22). Those who search for the disappointing riches of this world will someday be disappointed. But those who search for the blessing of Jesus Christ find no sorrow in Him.
Eli Black was the middle-aged chairman of a billion-dollar corporation and a multimillionaire himself, yet he jumped forty-floors floors to his death. John Wesley White, the Canadian author, pointed out that seventy-nine millionaires committed suicide in one year in the United States.


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