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So You Want to Be Rich and Famous? (Gospel Light Minute X #283)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

The latest album from Christian rock band NEEDTOBREATHE contains an important message in the song “Money & Fame.” Lead singer Bear Reinhart explores the life of a man who lived as he pleased for years, seeking wealth and recognition, but later came to regret it. He sings:

I was sleeping with a loaded gun
I was scared of all things I’d done
Yeah, I know I’m not the only one
It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright now

I was chasing down a high again
Trying to take whatever I could get
But you know I had to pay for it
It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright now

Yeah, I’ve done some things that I regret
I was thinking I was fortunate
Now I’m working just to pay the debt
It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright now

The singer concludes with this lesson that we all would do well to take heed to:

What do you kids wanna know about now?
I made enough to make a young gun proud
Money and fame bring a man to shame
Ain’t no doubt about it
What do you kids wanna know about now?
I found the bottom from the top somehow
Money and fame bring a man to shame
Ain’t no doubt about it

Are you pursuing money and fame today? Are you willing to do “whatever it takes” to get it? If so, you will end up doing some things that you will come to regret. You may reach the top, but will, one day, find yourself at the bottom somehow. Life is about far more than success and gaining wealth. And people who focus on these things their whole lives are disappointed to find that reaching such goals doesn’t bring the fulfillment that they had hoped for. This is because their pursuit of money and fame only masked what they were actually searching for — happiness, joy, love, internal peace, and assurance about the future. These things last forever and keep our hearts at rest during times of turmoil and conflict. Money cannot buy such things. And the adoration of millions cannot supply them. Only a Person can give them to us. And that Person is Jesus Christ.

Christ alone can give us peace and joy. In John 16:33, He said, “…in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” He also said in John 15:11, “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”

Christ alone can love us unconditionally with a love that never ends. Romans 8:38-39 says, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Christ alone can give us eternal life. In John 10:28, he said, “I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”

Christ alone can give us rest and set our hearts at ease in this turbulent world. In Matthew 11:28-29 he said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

You can have all of these things that money can’t buy and that fame can’t give you by giving your life to Jesus Christ today. No matter how much money or success you have, you will never gain these things that matter most. Let Jesus take over and let Him provide fulfillment, happiness, joy, peace, love, and eternal assurance about your future in a way that you can only dream of. Here is how:

First, you must realize and admit that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.

Second, you must understand that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…” This is both spiritual death and physical death. We die physically and go to the grave because of sin and we die spiritually and go to hell because of sin.

Third, you must understand that you are on the road to hell because of your sins. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Fourth, you must accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Fifth, you must accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Because of God’s love for you, he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for your sin. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Because God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins, we can live with God in Heaven for all eternity after we die.

Finally, with these facts in mind, you must repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me the following simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour!

Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.