Why Do You Seek Fortune And Glory?
Why are you seeking after what you are pursuing?
That’s a great question because you are seeking after something. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, you are after something.
A businessman wants money, but may want the trappings of power and influence that come with it.
A radio host may want everyone in the area to know his name.
An athlete may want to win an Olympic gold medal and be known as the best.
A boxer may want to be known as the greatest and tell everyone he is until he actually is.
When we boil it down, though, most of us truly want the same thing.
Fortune and Glory
When asked why he did what he did, Indiana Jones answered, “Fortune and glory.”
Why else would someone fight Nazis, natives, snakes and rats, simply to find and retrieve long forgotten artifacts that few people knew even existed?
Why do we work so hard to the point of nearly losing our families and all that is good in our lives? Sure we say we’re doing it for the GOOD of our loved ones, but too often we’re doing it simply to feed our own egos.
We all want to be rewarded in a couple of ways for what we do. We want to be rewarded financially. We all need money to live and most of us never have enough.
But we crave something more. We don’t just want to perform a job well done. We want the glory from it as well. We want to be known for something, anything.
I’ll Make You Famous
Emilio Estevez played a somewhat psychotic Billy the Kid in the movie Young Guns. His fame grew due to his decision to kill people. In one scene, he points a gun at someone and says, “I’ll make you famous.” It takes quite an ego to tell someone they will become famous because you are famous and will kill them.
I’ve wanted to argue this point with myself for years, but when I am honest with myself, I want to be famous. I want to be known.
The question is why?
I believe it begins in, well, the beginning. When God creates man, He makes man in His image. We were created with a spark of God inside us. Hang onto that. Don’t forget it.
Next, Satan tempted Eve with the idea that she would be like God if she ate the fruit. As an aside, the enemy tempted her with what she already had. She was already like God, even if just a little. We know what happened and man fell.
Now we come to God. What is the overarching thing that God does?
He seeks His own glory.
When we were created in His image, we were designed to seek His glory in all that we do. If everything had gone according to design, we would have done that eternally.
However, when the fall happened, we died to that plan. Yet, we were still designed to see glory. And Satan even was right. We did become like God. We began to seek our own glory, rather than His.
Why do we seek fortune and glory? That’s why. We were designed to seek glory. It’s just that we seek it imperfectly now.
Do you want to do what you were designed to do? Do you want to seek God’s glory above all?
You can through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. That’s the only way. By following the Way, you can seek a glory that will satisfy you unlike your own glory.
Do you find yourself seeking after fortune and glory?