Hugh Hefner was a man who, by earthly standards, had everything he ever could have wanted. He had an abundance of extremely large-breasted women young enough to be his daughters (even eventually his granddaughters) who would have sex with him whenever he wanted. He was incredibly rich. He was famous and admired all over the world. There was nothing he lacked. But one of my friends on Facebook reminded me of Psalm 73. Here are verses 2 and 3:
But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
This goes on for a while, until verses 17 and 18:
Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.
Hefner has no more wealth. He cannot hear the fame and admiration. There are no more women with huge breasts to have sex with him. His body is rotting away, and now he has to face the judgment of Almighty God. None of the wealth and fame he gathered matters to him now, and his harem has moved on. Hefner is the man that Jesus spoke of in Luke 12:20 “But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?”
For Christians, the lesson is obvious: We are not to envy the wicked, no matter how successful they may be. We are to love and serve God, and to love and serve our neighbors, our church and our family. This earth is not our home. This earth is a place where we reside temporarily until our body dies and we move on to far greater riches than we could possibly imagine and something even better: Eternal harmony with God.
For unbelievers, the lesson is also clear: No matter what you do, no matter what you achieve, it can and will vanish. You will die and you will face God. You can spend your entire life building up your fame, building up your reputation and racking up an “impressive” list of sexual conquests. When you die, none of that matters. Unless you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and accept Him as your savior, you will spend an eternity suffering in horrible burning agony in the Lake of Fire. Choose life.