You see people all over America who desire to be rich and famous. Their great dream or aspiration in life is to be a star. They picture Hollywood as bigger than life. It’s the place where the “stars” live and all their dreams can come true, right? Wrong!
On our most recent ministry trip, one of our stops took us to Hollywood, California. The city of glamour was more like the city of concrete jungle. It was dirty and way smaller than the larger than life way it is depicted on the night of the Oscars.
But Hollywood is portrayed in such a glamorous way some may ask, what of the stars? They lead such glamorous lives, lives of fame and fortune and happiness, right? Wrong again! Why is it that if the “stars” of Hollywood are so happy and living these wonderful lives that many of them suffer from drug addiction, drinking problems, and depression? They get divorced, cheat on one another, and lead destructive lives. I mean, that sounds like the kind of life that I would want to live (I’m being facetious, of course), but that is the whole deception of it.
People think, if I just had all the money in the world, I would be happy, but that’s not true. The more money you have, the more problems you have in many cases. In fact, it was Jim Carrey who said, “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.”
Listen to some of these quotes from the “rich and famous.”
When Elvis Presley was asked if he was happy with all his riches and fame he said, “No, I am lonely as h*ll.” Madonna said, “I am a very tormented person. I have a lot of demons I am wrestling with, but I want to be happy.” Well it’s not surprising Madonna that you a have a lot of demons you are wrestling with when you sing songs like, “I don’t give a **ck if I go to hell.” Or how about this one: Eddie Murphy, Mr. Funny Guy said, “I feel a void inside. There’s something missing.”
And these are only a few.
Let me ask you a question, what is it to a man to gain the whole world and yet loose his own soul, as the Bible talks about in Mark 8:36? What if you gained the whole world? What if you got everything ever wanted: Money, fame, all the material possessions you ever wanted and more. What are you going to take with you when you die?
When famous celebrities die, do they take their riches with them? Do they take their big houses, fancy cars, their expensive jewelry or any other material possessions for that matter? No. I don’t recall ever seeing a luggage rack on a hearse. All they have is their deeds to take with them as they stand before the judgment seat of Christ and give an account for all that they have ever said, did or thought here on this earth and in most cases, they only have hell and damnation to look forward to (2 Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 12:36; Romans 14:12).
The truth is the truth, whether you like to hear it or not. It’s better you know the truth here on this earth and have the opportunity to repent, than stand before God as a guilty condemned sinner and wish someone would have told you the truth before it was too late for you.
So what is the answer? Repentance and putting your faith and trust in Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19; I John 1:9; Luke 13:3; Galatians 3:26). Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 tells us,
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”
Let’s not be deceived by this world or those who are in it no matter how glamorous it may seem. It’s not real. The only thing that matters in this life is the Salvation men’s souls and living your life in accordance with God’s Word out of a heart of love for what Jesus did for all of us on the cross. Nothing else is more important.