WEALTH AND FAME (POEM)

Many of us want to roll in mega bucks and have our names up in the lights. We want to be known for something big, if possible across the globe. There’s nothing wrong with that as long as we don’t give in to the temptation to get these things by all means. This poem and the attached scriptures point out the insidiousness of misguided affluence and popularity-seeking ventures. Only the pluses are hyped. But you better believe there’s always a catch. So, beware!

This poem is a gentle caution against seeking wealth and fame by all means. Click To Tweet

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WEALTH AND FAME

Wealth and fame make up the dual attraction
With which the enemy lures men to destruction
His spiel: “I’ll fill your life with ease and grandeur
Give you runaway success, a persona millions adore”
Card stacking, no mention you’d be selling your soul
Or be his slave, losing sight of your Maker’s goal
Your need for relevance, surplus or bills to pay
Can by providence be met without being his prey

Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2016

Christians should not participate in misguided affluence and popularity-seeking ventures. Click To Tweet

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Scriptural references:

1 Timothy 6:9-10
“But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

Matthew 16:26
“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

Matthew 6:33
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

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(The scriptures used in this post are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.)
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I am a university lecturer. I teach Mass Communication, mostly writing courses like Feature and Interpretative Writing, Magazine Article Writing and News Writing, and let’s just say I’ve been doing this for a long time. As you have probably guessed, I am a born-again Christian.

58 thoughts on “WEALTH AND FAME (POEM)

  1. To be rich is not always the issue but how one handles the riches, the rich should store up their treasures in heaven by helping the poor otherwise the camel will not enter or pass the needle’s eye limiting the possibility of the rich making heaven.

  2. truly, in this worldly world people don’t ask again how far but how well.the point becomes to be rich and enjoy on earth weather heaven or hell fire awaits them regarding their source of wealth is a minor issue but thank jehovah for this poem. bravo ma

    • Thank you, my dear! Glory to God! He will guide those who look to Him aright in spite of the prevailing craze for wealth and fame. You are blessed!

  3. Nice one, very short but powerful. Ma, there is another thing I think we need to take cognisance of aside ‘wealth and fame.” And that’s PRIDE. People are so unnecessarily proud that they step on their fellows’ toes without apology. Steve Farrar in his book, “Finishing Strong”, quoted another popular author who describes the bad kind of pride as “I want to be best” and the good kind of pride as “I’m proud of you my son”

    • Praise God! Thanks for reading and dropping a feedback, Tammy! Hope you have a beautiful Friday and restful weekend.

  4. Nice poem. This poem is very timely. A lot of people are so busy chasing after material things which have created a door way for the devil to steal their hearts.
    Thank you ma for this. It made me have a rethink.

  5. Pursuit of wealth and fame!
    Something that has eaten really deep into the moral life of humans. Everyone now wants to make it by all means, how, doesn’t matter.
    May God grant everyone his/her heart desires, so as to distance the urge for evil just to be wealthy and famous. Amen.

  6. Wonderful piece, wealth wealth wealth, everyone is looking at making it despite any odds forgetting that quick money most times has it bad side, and illegal means of acquiring such seems to be the order of the day.

  7. We should never sell our soul to the devil for material wealth and fame. All that the devil offers is vanity. God will provide us with all we need.

  8. In truth it is so. Seeking money at all odds is the spell for doom. One may meet their end through such goals. ..:Against all odd I must make money whether it is morally right or not. ‘… Some are not so lucky to live to tell the tale.

  9. Matthew 6:33 says seek ye first the kingdom of God,not MONEY OR FAME . Those things would come as a profit for seeking Him.It’s just like buy one and get one free, it’s a win-win situation

  10. The devil has nothing relevant to offer. He is just there to oppose all that God wants and desires for man. May God keep delivering us from his constant temptations and evil plans. May He make us cherish His word and ways more than things of the flesh such as money or fame. Amen

  11. It is pity that so many people choose to make money through the wrong way.no one is dusputing the fact that to be rich and famous is actually nice.but the thing is which means are you using to achieve it.The devil gives you something with right hand and collects it back with left hand.but the gift of God lasts forever.I just pray we learn how these things work.nice post ma.

  12. Wealth comes from God who made all things. But men, too ambitious, have decided to pursue it in place of their own souls. Patience is what we need to have everything from God. Those who want to have wealth as fast as possible go by all means, chasing it. God gives us gifts in His best time, lest, it may lead us astray if it comes immediately.

  13. Fame and immediate wealth are very attractive. They lure mere men to intentionally jump into their graves. God gives man wealth not for fame. But for man to reach out for his neighbour too. Wealth is for charity and sustainance.

  14. You hit the nail on the head with this poem…. Many youths now go into Yahoo and G scheme to make money by all means, unfortunately though, they know the implications of their action but the quest for WEALTH and FAME has completely blinded them.

  15. True..it is a means the devil uses to lure people to his side… (Wealth and fame) Its not possible to meet such quick fortunes without being his(devil) prey.

  16. From what i understood, the passion to be popular or wealthy can lead one to lose his purpose in life. Also one can pay his bills and live in comfort without having to succumb to the evils ways of the devil.

  17. God’s plan for us is not of evil but of good,wealth and fame comes from him and he will give in abundance as long as we wait patiently on him. this we can achieve only by his grace

  18. The love of money indeed is the root of evil. This poem has taught me that it’s only God that gives that wealth that can last forever, everything good comes from Him. We should beware while seeking wealth in oder not to fall prey to the enemy.

  19. In this our present day,everybody wants to be rich and famous not minding the way the wealth and fame is gotten,all they re after is earthly possesion but they dont think of what the aftermath will be ,it is better to remain a nobody here on earth and later be with our father in heaven on the last day.

  20. Wealth and Fame; this is what is ruling our world now. I love this poem, especially the lines 1 and 2 which says “Wealt and Fame make up the dual attraction, with which the enemy lures men into destruction. We so much chase wealth and fame these days that we can do anything to get it.

  21. The love of wealth and fame lures people to commit all manner of sin especially in this our present world, the rich ones are not even helping matters since they trample on the poor ones not minding that their present condition lies in the hands of God and he can also take it away if he decides to.

  22. In this our present day,everybody wants to be rich and famous not minding the way the wealth and fame is gotten,all they re after is earthly possesion but they dont think of what the aftermath will be ,it is better to remain a nobody here on earth and later be with our father in heaven on the last day.

    Wealth and Fame; this is what is ruling our world now. I love this poem, especially the lines 1 and 2 which says “Wealt and Fame make up the dual attraction, with which the enemy lures men into destruction. We so much chase wealth and fame these days that we can do anything to get it.

  23. Having riches is not always the deal,how do one handle these riches.for God cannot commit big things,if one has have not be a steward in the lititle things has committed to us.for true riches is in heaven.

  24. This poem is very timely. A lot of people are so busy chasing after material things which have created a door way for the devil to steal their hearts. Thank you ma for this. It made me have a rethink.

  25. Wealth and Fame is the bait the devil now uses to catch his prey. And many fall into his trap cause of they are ignorant that God is able to provide all our needs according to his riches in glory.

  26. This poem is very short but with strong meaning. All I’ve known is that since we have God, we have everything. Wealth, fame, name it; should not be a problem nor should we chase it by all means.

  27. Tempting!!! but “what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his soul”Nothing at all,the sooner we understand it they better for us.All is vanity upon vanity.The devil riches brings sorrow but God’s blessings brings peace and joy.

  28. True wealth and fame comes from God. There is no need selling our soul to the devil for this free gift of God. If you need wealth and fame do the right things and God will bless you through the work of your hands.thank you ma for this wonderful poem.

  29. In the world today, every body wants to be wealthy and famous; but going in search of this things, they make the mistakes of succumbing to evil will, oblivious to them that our God has everything in possession. He owns the world and everything therein. So, searching for wealth and Fame in any other success is because they lack the knowledge of God.

  30. There is nothing really wrong in the pursuit of wealth and fame, theres nobody that does not want get wealthy and famous, but the excess pursuit of it by all means is wrong

  31. When we pursue wealth and fame we should do it in a way so as not to be led into temptation and lustful act. We should also do it slowly,with patience and with God in our methods of attaining wealth and fame.

  32. The need for wealth and fame has caused many people to do all sort of despicable things to make fast wealth. You might enjoy it at the beginning but you’ll eventually get the repercussions of whatever you did. This poem teaches that patience is a virtue everyone needs to excercise as good things don’t come easy. Getting it through bad sources has its disadvantages and regrets while getting wealth and fame through hardwork, perseverance and God, you’re on your right path to an upliftment that will last forever.

  33. The devil never gives anything purely… All is for a short while, just to take you away from the right path.
    All of these you can have in Christ.
    Matthew 6:33

  34. Wealth and fame are actually the forerunners of sin. People who end up wealthy and famous seek to maintain that lifestyle by any means necessary. They wouldn’t want to lose that lifestyle and may let blessings easily pass them by for wealth. Just like the rich man who approached Jesus saying that he had obeyed all the commandments but lost an easy access to heaven because he couldn’t let it all go. Let us all never lose sight of the Lord and true satisfaction.

  35. Wealth and fame are actually the forerunners of sin. People who end up wealthy and famous seek to maintain that lifestyle by any means necessary. They wouldn’t want to lose that lifestyle and may let blessings easily pass them by. Just like the rich man who approached Jesus saying that he had obeyed all the commandments but lost an easy access to heaven because he couldn’t let it all go. Let us all never lose sight of the Lord and true satisfaction.

  36. This is a very powerful poem especially in these times when the world is suffering from moral decadence. Many people want to get things by all means and the fact that majority is doing this does not make it right. People should endeavor to get things by the right means, legally. And if you can’t get it legally, let it go.

  37. This message seems particularly for this current generation. In this our present day,everybody wants to be rich and famous not minding the way the wealth and fame is gotten. Nowadays nobody care for moral decorum.

  38. God help our youths oo… The pressure is too much on us. Even to some, education has become a scam. Everyone wants to “blow” , make it real big even at the expens of committing murder. What is it eh! What is the profit? Let be true to ourselves I does not gurantee peace, joy, fulfillment at the end. Am not saying being rich or wealthy bad but let us follow the right principles.. it will do us and in turn ameliorate the killings, kidnapping already in increase. Know who you are, know your Maker’s thoughts for you, be realistic and be prepared. A lot of unfilled destinies are in the grad yard simply because they were either nabbed committing one crime or the other… What is ?, fame to taking another man’s life, o inflicting pains on others and causing havoc on our dear society and county at large. Let stop it..

  39. True one ma. Alot of persons pursue wealth, fame and other trivial things while on earth not knowing that everyone has a goal by his maker that he or she needs to fulfil but when you get so busy chasing comfort,fame or wealth,you might just have entered the enemy’s bait which is to prevent you from doing your makers bid. Nice one again.

  40. My heart bleed ? whenever I see young stars nabbed just because of love of money. The other day a guy of about 24 was shot to death in an attempt to escape arrest. Actually, he was seen molesting a family of 5 with his gangs, others ran away but him in an attempt fell and when he was aked to stop or be shot he refused and that was how the police officer shot and killed him. What a wasted destiny and life. God will helps oooo

  41. This post reminded me of one of my dad’s old sayings “don’t let the devil give you a gift, when he gives you a cap, he’ll take your head, when you gives you a shoe, he’ll take your leg” ??

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