There are a few things that we would consider a “universal language.” Money, a smile, a shaking finger, a handshake, a gift, a raised or angry voice, or a gentle voice. Any of these are understood by the receiver whether the giver is known or not. Most of these have no hidden meaning, but two do. Money or a gift could have a positive or a negative connotation. They could be used as a bribe or as a gesture of love and kindness.
One of the shows that our family enjoys watching is “Survivor.” It has been running for the last 18 years. It has become quite a phenomenon and quite an accomplishment to be picked to be on the show. They asked the contestants that will be playing in the next season a “Would you rather” question. Would you rather win Survivor without winning the million dollars or be the first one voted out and win a million dollars? So the question here is what is more important, the money or the title of “Sole Survivor.” I asked my family this question and they were split.
So money or title/fame? Maybe it is money vs. the experience. Being voted first off, one would miss the experience.
Money speaks a universal language. We all need money to live. Some of us think we need more money to live than others, but it is a need.
Some think that money will buy them whatever they need.
- Salvation/Eternal life
We work so hard for this needed commodity and yet it has also become a symbol of value and importance.
Peter and John were preaching the gospel and people were accepting Christ as their Savior and receiving the Holy Spirit. In Acts 8, Simon offered Peter and John money so he could receive the Holy Spirit. Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money.” (Acts 8:20). Simon thought money could buy for him what he wanted, but Peter told him, “repent of this wickedness of yours and pray to the Lord…” (Acts 8:22).
Money does not buy happiness, love, friendship, security, or salvation. Simon thought that his money would get him the power of the Holy Spirit. What Simon really needed to do was to humble himself.
Have you met a truly humble person? They do not have to yell to get our attention, rather their humble spirit commands attention. A humble person is easy to be around because they are more interested in another’s life than making sure everyone else knows about theirs. They are good listeners. They are encouragers. They are noticers.
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.” (James 4:10).
Consider what it takes to be humble. In being humble, our happiness is not dependent on things, others, or money.
As I have watched Survivor for the last 18 years, I have noticed that the person that usually wins the money is not the loud or the obnoxious leader. The path in life to the things that really matter is not the fame and fortune, it is the path of humility.
The “universal language” of a smile, a gentle touch, a gentle tone, and a servant’s heart are the things that speak volumes to others. Wouldn’t we rather keep company with this type of person and see them win Survivor? Then we must strive to also be gentle, with a servant’s heart, and a smile on our face.
Money can’t buy happiness, but a humble spirit goes a long way to showing others the love of Christ.