Sam Polk was pulling in millions of dollars at just 30 years old. He was a stock trader, working on Wall Street in Manhattan. Polk was living, what many would consider to be, the American dream. With a quick call, he could easily get World Series tickets. When coming back from a business trip, a black car would be waiting for him at the airport with his name on it. In one year, his bonus alone was $3.6 million! Some might say Sam Polk “had it all.” So, why did he give it all up?
Polk came to believe he had developed a wealth addiction. He recalls being angry about his $3.6 million bonus because it wasn’t enough. He wanted more. Soon he came to the conclusion that he needed to give it all up. Here is what Polk said, “One of the things I came to realize was I had been using money as this thing that would quell all my fears. So I had this belief that maybe some day I would get enough money that I would no longer be scared…I would feel successful. And one of the things I learned on Wall Street was no matter how much money I made, the money was never going to do it” (Yahoo)
Many people dream of being wealthy, thinking it will be the solution to all of life’s problems and give life purpose. King Solomon was one of these people. Here was his conclusion, “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 5:10).
Just like Polk, king Solomon also came to realize that money was not the answer (1 Timothy 6:10). True wealth and true happiness are not found in physical riches. They are, however, found in spiritual riches. Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).
Physical wealth will only last so long. Spiritual wealth will last forever. Therefore, let’s “invest in our spiritual lives. Let’s take risks on the “evangelism stock market.” Let’s gain spiritual “interest” from the time we put into worship, Bible study, and prayer. And let’s build up our spiritual riches in our “heavenly bank accounts.”