Pitbull and the Gospel of Jesus Christ

pitbullThe opening lyrics to one of Pitbull’s recent hits with Christina Aguilera (“Feel This Moment”) goes like this:

Ask for money, and get advice, 
Ask for advice, get money twice. 

Great advice, get money twice, if you’re operating under the world’s economy. Terrible advice, get money twice, if your ambitions go beyond the fleeting pleasures of this life.

And I’m guessing they do.

Jesus, you may recall, had an encounter with a rich young man. Perhaps a man like Pitbull. This rich young man probably “had it all”: money, power, privilege — everything the world had to offer. But as you know from the story in Mark 10:17-31, eternity was on his mind. All the world’s riches hadn’t left him satisfied. So he came to Jesus asking what he must do to inherit eternal life. The answer Jesus gave him, however, left the rich young man deeply disappointed.

Out of love for him, Jesus exposed the young man’s idolatrous love affair with money by telling him the way to eternal life was to “sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me” (v. 21). Tragically, this young man had broken the first commandment: he had put another “god” before God, namely, money.

The point of this story is not that money is bad, but that the idolatrous love of it is deadly. And money is the featured idol here because it is so powerfully tempting to worship.

But Jesus is more to be desired than life itself (cf., Psalm 63:3; Phil. 3:8). He is the treasure hidden in a field that we should be prepared to do anything to have (cf. Matt. 13:44). The infinite worth of King Jesus is why we sing with Martin Luther,

Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.

So what is my advice to anyone who will listen, including Pitbull? Feel free to get money, even twice. But be ready to give it away so you can get Jesus, and live.

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