I recall reading a story about Howard Hughes, one of the wealthiest and most public people in all the world. He was a business magnate, an aviator, a filmmaker and philanthropist.  However, for the last twenty years of his life he hid himself away and stayed in his studio apartment living off of chocolate bars, chicken and milk. Hughes had acquired every worldly thing in life, yet he did not enjoy what he had. He became a recluse and from all indications, lived a miserable life. If we aren't careful, the same thing can happen to us. When we leave God out of our lives, our lives can become empty and meaningless.

In some ways, King Solomon was like Howard Hughes. He was born into a very influential family and as a merchant, scientist, writer and poet, he amassed a great fortune. He truly had everything this world could offer. Unfortunately, Solomon pursued worldly comforts at the expense of his relationship with God.  As a result, he eventually lost everything. He wrote, then I took a look at everything I’d done, looked at all the sweat and hard work. But when I looked, I saw nothing but smoke. Smoke and spitting into the wind. There was nothing to any of it. Nothing! (Ecclesiastes 2:11, The Message). In his great wisdom, Solomon saw that all he had amassed was meaningless and pure vanity. Christians beware; we can so easily fall into this same trap.

God allows us to pursue and acquire earthly wealth and success. However, it is never his desire that we gain material wealth at the expense of our relationship with Him.  Why do you work? Is it so you can acquire the next “thing”? Do you find yourself focused on your next purchase or the next rung on the ladder of success?  Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with these things unless they have a higher priority in your life than the Lord. Our God is a jealous God and He wants first place in our lives.  He wants our time, talents, devotion and daily worship…and He won’t settle for second. 

Your workplace challenge is to take inventory. Ask yourself, “What is most important in my life? Why do I work? Is it to save for the next thing or do I work as unto the Lord? Is my goal in life to gain much wealth and to acquire possessions?” If your answer is yes, then I urge you to repent and change direction. Live for the Lord only and store up your treasure in heaven. Do it for His Glory.