Lenny Dykstra was an All-star baseball player in the 1980’s. He took his earnings and turned them into a financial empire. He purchased a $17 million mansion from hockey star Wayne Gretzky. Two disastrous business ventures cost him everything and now he is $37 million in debt and homeless. “I’ve been fighting for my life,” he says. “Each day comes by and you wonder what you’re going to do, where you’re going to sleep, and how you’re going to eat.”
--The Week, October 22, 2010, p. 12 Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell
The New Testament instructs God’s people to warn the wealthy not to trust in the uncertainty of riches, but on God. (1 Tim 6:17) Mr. Dykstra’s loss ought to be a warning to all of us; the only treasure you can count on is that you have laid up in heaven.
Matthew 6:20 (NASB77) "But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;”