His Opportunity to Change the World
“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.”1
Some years ago when Apple Computer fell on hard times, Apple’s co-founder and chairman, Steven Jobs, went from California to New York City. “His purpose was to convince PepsiCo’s John Sculley to move west and run his struggling company. As the two men overlooked the Manhattan skyline from Sculley's penthouse office, the Pepsi executive started to decline Jobs's offer. ‘Financially,’ Sculley said, ‘you'd have to give me a million-dollar salary, a million-dollar bonus, and a million-dollar severance.’ Flabbergasted, Jobs gulped and agreed—if Sculley would move to California. But Sculley would commit only to being a consultant from New York.
“At that, Jobs issued a challenge to Sculley, ‘Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water, or do you want to change the world?’ In his autobiography, Oddesy, Sculley admits Jobs's challenge ‘knocked the wind out of me.’ He said he'd become so caught up in his future at Pepsi, his pension, and whether his family could adapt to life in California that an opportunity to ‘change the world’ nearly passed him by. Instead, he put his life in perspective and went to Apple.”2
Let me ask you a question, “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling “sugared water”—or doing what you are doing today for the rest of your life? Or do you want to help change at least your world?” There’s nothing wrong with selling sugared water … or doing a million other things; but there’s nothing earth-changing about many of these undertakings either. The question is, “Is what you are doing making a difference in someone’s life—or that of many lives—and that for eternity? Do you want to join hands with Jesus Christ and help make an impact on your world? If your answer is yes, he may call you to be a prayer intercessor, to give sacrificially, to change your profession, or he may call you to leave your comfort zone to go out into the world of Christian service.
Whatever you choose to invest your life in, be sure that what you are doing is investing in people’s lives for all eternity, and in so doing, storing treasure in heaven.
Suggested prayer: “Dear God, thank you for the tremendous opportunity to serve you while here on earth. Please help me to see what is the best way for me to do this so my life is invested in eternal values—and so I am storing treasure in heaven. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus’ name, amen.”
1. Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV).
2. Leadership, Spring, 1991, Vol. XXII, No. 2, p. 44.