The first thing you have to do, and this is very important now, so listen closely,……… is you have to live to be 32 years of age. How will you do that? By the grace of God and wise choices. So if the Lord blesses you and you choose His blessings you will be a billionaire by age 32. That is, at age 32, you will have been alive for over 1 billion seconds. Wow!
When you have been alive for 32 years - when you are 32 years old - you will be a billionaire in “time”. You will have lived (possessed life) for a billion seconds on this planet. To me, that is incredible to think about. Even though you may be disappointed it is “only” time and not money, understand that it is precious time that not everybody is blessed with in this life.
When you think of the difference between a million and a billion does it seem like a big difference? How can you comprehend the difference between a million and billion? Do you know how many years makes up a million seconds? You might be surprised to find out that it only takes 11 and a 1/2 days to live one million seconds. That’s right. One million seconds = 11 and 1/2 days and one billion seconds = 32 years!!! “Wow”, again!!! (in case you were curious, you’d have to live almost 32 thousand years to be alive for a trillion seconds)
While this may seem like some interesting (to me anyway) useless data; what is the point? Can knowing this actually be helpful in any way? I believe it can be helpful in that it can help with our perspective.
First, consider your past. What have you done with your millions, or your billion, (or your billions if you are over the age of 64!)? Have you ever heard of those people who won millions of dollars in the lottery only to find out that within a few years they had “lost it all” and were impoverished? Or maybe the rich athletes or movie stars who the same thing happened to them. We marvel at how they could have so much and yet have wasted it all. When you look at your time (how many seconds you’ve been alive) how much have you wasted on sin and unrighteousness like bitterness, anger, greed, malice, slander, jealously, idolatry, fornication, impure thoughts, adultery, theft, bribery, being mean-spirited, ungodly, unkind, unloving, unmerciful, untrustworthy, and “things like these”? (Galatians 5:19:21) Can you be joyful for how you have “spent” your time or would you be ashamed? (Romans 6:21)
Second, consider your present. Right here, right now, in this moment, every second reading this article is a second devoted to strengthening yourself in the Lord. What about your last million seconds (the past 11 and a half days)? What about your next million seconds? How much of your present are you devoting to the spiritual work of service to the kingdom? I hope this article can help change your perspective to really be mindful of the present and to help you work to submitting every second of life “captive to the obedience of Christ”. (II Corinthians 10:5)
Third, consider your future. What are you going to do with the next million (11 and 1/2 days) that you make? If you go to worship one hour a week that is 3,600 seconds. There are 604,800 seconds in one week. $3600 would be like one month’s pay for a lot of people. Compare that to $604,000. That’s a decade or more worth of pay! When it comes to time, how are you investing for your future… spiritually?!?! What about bringing your family (if you have one) into the mix. Are you investing enough time in your kids future spiritually? There is a meme going around on FB right now that says, “’Life is short… better enjoy it!’ How about, ’Eternity is long… better prepare for it!’” Are you planning (spiritually) for your future (for your kid’s future) by spending your time growing spiritually and walking spiritually and working spiritually? What are you going to do with the next million (11 and 1/2 days) that you make? What will you do with your next billion?
A parting thought along those lines; In Luke 12:13-21, Jesus tells what is commonly called “The Parable of the Rich Fool”. In the parable, Jesus tells of a man who has become rich and as he is surveying his wealth he plans to build bigger barns to hold the wealth he plans to attain. He is called a fool because while he is looking to the future he has forgotten his present. He is short sighted in not realizing that night his soul would be required of him. Consider this parable in terms of time instead of money and apply it to yourself. However long you have lived, whether it be millions or billions, no doubt you have grand plans for your future. Are you being wise with the wealth of your time (Ephesians 5:15-16) or foolish? The Lord wants us to be rich—but in regard to wisdom and good works (not money). The work we spend our time doing needs to be in service, honor, and glory to Him and His kingdom. (I Timothy 6:17-19) Millions and billions spent on eternity is millions and billions well spent. (Matthew 6:19:21)
In the end, it’s not how to become a millionaire or billionaire that matters; it’s how you spend it!