Billionaire: Is Billionaire Success Really Satisfying?

So I was in the car the other day and Billionaire by Travie McCoy came on the radio. As I was listening to the catchy beat I started to notice the lyrics. This song hit me. It reminded me of so many people I know and what our culture tells us is most important in life. As I was thinking on the lyrics, “I wanna be a billionaire so fricking bad; Buy all of the things I never had; Uh, I wanna be on the cover of Forbes magazine; Smiling next to Oprah and the Queen” I started to think about what really make a difference in life. Does money, notoriety and fame really make someone happy? Would McCoy really be satisfied and feel his life was complete if he obtained these things? 
My guess is no. He’s obviously reached some level of fame and fortune because he’s a known artist, yet he’s still writing a song about striving for more money and fame. The people who have achieved fame by filling our radios, televisions and movie theaters are the same people that fill our newspapers and magazines with the heart wrenching details about their latest failed relationship or drug/alcohol addiction. They’ve obviously achieved the success acclaimed by Billionaire but would any of us look at them and conclude that they appear truly happy and satisfied with life?

If money and fame don’t satisfy, then why do we always seem to strive for them and conclude we’re not successful unless we’ve achieved them? The best answer to this question comes from another song God Shaped Hole by Plumb. Aren’t we all striving for something? There’s always this desire for something else, something greater, something different, we never seem satisfied. Could it be we’re never satisfied, even when we achieve money, fame and success, b/c that’s not really what our hearts are crying out for? Do you remember the children’s game where you match the shaped toy w the same shaped hole? A square goes through the square hole, a triangle through the triangle one and so one. Could it be that we’re playing this game with our lives, trying to shove squares through triangle holes and rectangles through circles?

Psalm 84:2 says “my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.” Have you ever stopped to think that these desires that fuel us may be the result of a void in our lives that only God can fill? Now some say religion is for the weak, for those who cannot handle life on their own. But King Solomon of Israel was the wisest man that has ever lived. He had more money, fame and notoriety in the ancient world than anyone has ever achieved, even to this day. His wisdom has had such an impact on the world that it is still quoted today, even by people who have never read the Bible! Talk about fame and success by the Billionaire standard! BUT, there is one thing he recognized that those who strive for money, fame and success don’t realize, he did not desire these things. He desired to serve God! Check this out:

“O Lord my God, you have made your servant king…give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between you and evil…It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.” – 1 Kings 3:7-14.

So let’s take note of a few things:

Solomon, the king of Israel, refers to himself as a servant of God. The king calls himself a servant! Do you consider yourself a servant? As Americans, we pride ourselves on being subject to no one. We are our own boss. We serve only ourselves. “Look out for numero uno,” as we like to say. But the wisest and most successful man that has ever lived was a servant of God!

Solomon desired to serve God in his role as king and wished to do it well so what did he ask God for? Fame, fortune, victory? NOPE! Solomon asked God for wisdom to know right from wrong, wisdom to know truth. He desired truth before anything else. He wanted God over anything else. Because Solomon desired God, he was satisfied. Sure, God gave him money and fame, but the reason that Solomon’s life lessons are still revered to this day is not because of his fame. It is because in Solomon’s humility he recognized that he needed God, not anything else, just God. And the result was the God came and satisfied everything in Solomon’s heart. When we seek to know truth, when we seek to know God, when we seek to live our lives for Him, when we put Him before everything else, then we find true success and a life worth living!