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John D. Rockefeller of USA was the first millionaire and the first billionaire of the world. Had shares in all the companies of the US. But he was very greedy for money and very stingy; was a very unsatisfied man. Someone asked him, “When will you be satisfied?” He replied, “When I get one more dollar!” He was 58 and was suffering from a sickness called alopecia: all the hair on his head and face disappeared; his body began to shrink like a mummy. He could take only a cup of milk and a few cookies. Doctors gave him six months to live. Newspaper editors who hated him for his selfish nature wrote his obituary in advance anticipating his death. One night he began to think, “When I die can I take one dime into the next world?” That night he reached out to God and something marvelous happened: his sickness disappeared, began to have appetite and could eat good food. Began to give away money to the needy, founded the Rockefeller Foundation for Medical Research. Penicillin the wonder drug of bygone years was invented in this research organization. He found the right meaning for living. He brought forth fruit in old age. He died when he was 98!
Ponder And Learn :
What can we learn from this above wonderful story of this great man John D. Rockefeller of USA? We should realize that When we die, we cannot take one dime or one coin which is the least value in most currencies of this world into the next world. That is why Jesus said, " 19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."" (Matt 6:19-21). In other words, if our heart is full of selfishness to acquire the riches of the whole world and still if we have no peace and good health to enjoy it in this life it is totally a waste of activity, how much more in the next life we who cannot take anything with us when we die will suffer miserably if we continue to live irresponsibly towards God by selfish living and lose the eternal life that He has ahead for us. If our heart has set its love towards the treasures of this earth, we will never be able to collect treasures in heaven for our future life. So Jesus says, do not set your heart to acquire earthly treasure but rather set it to acquire heavenly eternal treasures for yourself and your family which will stay with you for eternity ahead. We also learn that all our material and earthly treasures comes in to our hands, to use it to collect heavenly treasures for our eternal life.
John D. Rockefeller of USA may have been the first millionaire and the first billionaire of the entire world, but he had no satisfaction with what he had and how much he had because the Bible says that those whose heart are after money will never be satisfied (Eccl 5:10). When he was 58 and was suffering from a sickness called alopecia: all the hair on his head and face disappeared; his body began to shrink like a mummy. And as he could take only a cup of milk and a few cookies and finally doctors gave him only six months to live, he must have realized how his life is a gift from God that has been misused for his own selfish ends for which he had to give an account to God very soon after his death as it has come very close to him (Rom 14:12; Matt 12:36; 2 Cor 5:10). Seeing the news paper editors estimation of him in this lowly state must have made him also realize that how a good name is to be chosen in this life than great riches that nobody values (Prov 22:1). Finally realizing his deep poverty in his spiritual life, he reached out to God and something marvelous happened. God decided to heal him and extend his life so that he could live a different life than his previous wasted selfish life. Then John D. Rockefeller became a giver who selflessly started giving all his riches to many many people in need and began to work for the betterment of humanity which is suffering, as a result the Penicillin wonder drug which has saved millions of dying men and women till date was invented in Rockefeller Foundation for Medical Research which acted as a crucial research foundation of his to help all humanity from dying prematurely. This made God rejoice and gave him a long life and meaning for living. His repentance towards God brought great fruit of godliness and paved way to lay up treasure for Himself for his own eternal life ahead so that he could be also a billionaire in the life to come where God will honor him for his selfless service towards humanity.
I encourage you to leave behind your wasted years which you lived for yourself selfishly and start to live selflessly for others so that you could also like in the life of John D. Rockefeller could be fruitful towards God and lay up great treasures for yourself for the life to come. If you are already living sacrificially towards others for God, I encourage you to continue in it because your reward is great in heaven where you will live forever with God.
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