This past week San Diego lost two multi-millionaires. One accumulated his fortune by a career in real estate development, the other by a successful career in Christian journalism.
The one man, Conrad Prebys, had his picture frequently on society pages at fund-raisers. He died of cancer July 24 at age 84. The other man, Tim LaHaye, one-time Minister at Scott Memorial Church—now Shadow Mountain Community Church. He died of a stroke Monday at age 90. He and co-writer Jerry Jenkins had written 16 best-selling novels in the “Left Behind” series and sold over 65 million copies. Prebys gave millions to hospitals, the Arts, the San Diego Zoo and PBS. He helped keep Downtown Abbey on PBS. LaHaye also gave millions—to “numerous religious institutions.” U-T, 7/26/16
Two men, very successful in business and career, let their money follow their interest. One invested it in this world’s values, the other in eternal causes. Not to diminish the gifts to worthy earthly causes, but their effect dies when this world ends. Even now, not every research into disease or illness finds a cure. And every stage or movie performance ends. Meanwhile, those who support kingdom projects find historical and eternal results. God’s workers die, but his work continues and shall until Jesus returns.
Let’s think of that difference when we pay our tithes and give love offerings to God. Do we want our financial investment to support causes which perish with earth? Or the One cause that survives our personal death and the end of history itself?
Christians…be sure your wealth supports Christ’s cause now. And be sure you leave a solid part of your estate to his cause so it can continue to speak of your faith even when you’re gone.