Just like so many others in this country who were following this story, I was so concerned about the five men who were at first considered trapped inside of the Titan submersable vessel over 13,000 feet in the ocean. These men were in this situation after paying around $250,000 apiece in order to catch a glimpse of the wreckage of the famous sunken ship, the Titanic. They boarded the vessel on a Sunday morning, planning on seeing the wreckage and then returning again to safety eight hours later. After the eight hours had elapsed, however, there was no sign of the vessal. It was still at the bottom of the ocean.
At first it was said that if unrescued, the men were in a situation where they could run out of air and/or freeze to death in the frigid waters. After several days of searching, however, it was determined that the vessel imploded upon itself on Sunday morning, just a couple of hours after going into the water.
All five men were financially very wealthy, and they had a great interest in seeing the wreckage of the Titanic. One of the men was even known as “Mr. Titanic” due to his love of everything to do with that famous ship. Even though being interested in ships and going underwater in a submersible vessal is not wrong at all, this story is still proof that even though these men were billionaires and one was the son of a billionaire, not one of them could buy one more minute of life when the submarine imploded on them. Nothing else mattered in that last moment except their relationship with God.
The saddest part about this situation is that all five men had more money than many people can dream of having, and yet, none of them could buy one more minute of their lives when the time of their deaths came upon them. This shows that when your life is over, you are not going to care about how much money you had, what your house looked like, what kind of car you had, or even what job you had. All that will matter in that moment is where you stand with God!
Many people in this world will learn too late that they had all of their priorities in this life completely backwards. Many people will work on Sundays and forsake assembling for worship services. Others will choose to spend their Sundays sleeping in or partaking in certain hobbies that they enjoy rather than spending that time serving the Lord. Some speak of having a personal relationship with the Lord, but you cannot have this without doing what He says do (John 14:15). Acts 20:7 tells us this, “And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.” Hebrews 10:25-26 also tells us not refuse to assemble with other Christians for worship.
You do not have to have a lot of money to lose your soul. You can be rich or poor, but when it comes down to what you value most, if it isn’t God, then you are spiritually bankrupt. “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”(Ecclesiastes 12:13).
The death of the five men on the Titan is tragic. Our hearts go out to the families of these five men. Our prayers go up to the Father for their comfort. Value the people in your lives. Never take a moment for granted.
Also, let us remember that these men who were financially well off could not take any of their worldly possessions with them when that submarine imploded. We can learn from this sad situation to not build our whole lives around acquiring worldly possessions. Being wealthy is not wrong, but we should work to build our lives around God, and He will bless our lives and provide for us in ways that we cannot even imagine! We have to get our priorties in this life in the right order. Instead of focusing just on the worldly things that interest us, we should instead put our focus on God, and do what He wants us to do first and foremost. After we do what we need to do to serve God, then we can spend time on our hobbies or other worldly things that are not contrary to God’s will. It is all about priorities, because you can never buy one more minute!