A couple weeks ago I finished reading Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss.
It’s a massive book, 600+ pages, comprised of snippets of interviews Tim did with, what Tim considers to be, successful people.
Much of it was weird. Many push doing hallucinogenics. Many are overly obsessed with diet and exercise to the extent it consumes most of their waking hours, or at least it would if I were to do all that. Most also pushed transcendental meditation.
Many of their heroes and recommended resources were religious in nature, but mostly Buddhist, Taoist, of Gandhi type things.
Not a single one mentioned Jesus Christ. Six hundred plus pages and not one mention of Jesus Christ, not even in a sloppy way. No mention whatsoever.
At first this bugged me, “are you suggesting that no successful people follow Jesus? I mean, seriously?”
But as I thought about it more, this is actually a good thing!
What Tim Ferriss respects are people who are dominant, those who have followers, and material success.
Buddhism allows you methods by which you can attain material success. Meditation is a “spiritual” thing you do to get better physical results.
If a person followed Jesus Christ, they would never be on Tim Ferriss’ show, nor in his books.
Jesus Christ will not lead you to be materially successful.
Now, that doesn’t mean there aren’t those who manipulate His teachings to arrive at material success, there are, and they are called false teachers–their god is their belly.
But an honest following of Jesus will leave you disrespected by Tim Ferriss and other self-help gurus. Even if you did achieve financial success, following Christ would make you get rid of that money in a non-flashy, not gonna make it on Tim’s show, kind of way.
Hebrews 11 is God’s version of Tools of Titans.
All these people were massive losers in the world’s eyes. But in God’s eyes, they were eminently successful.
And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
The world has no respect for no-name poor people who suffer and then die. Tim Ferriss has no use for such folks. They provide no value to him or his worldview.
Even the great people of faith we do know did not have great material success.
Abraham never saw any of the promises he was given fulfilled, he died still wondering where the fruit was.
Moses couldn’t get anyone to listen to him ever.
Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel were largely ignored and then killed by the people they were sent to help.
Paul died alone, no man stood with him.
Peter was crucified.
And, of course, our Leader, Jesus Christ, was rejected and even forsaken by His own disciples.
He asks you to follow Him in this rejection, in this lowliness and humility. Lose your life to find it.
This is all insane on an earthly level.
Tim Ferriss wrote a 600+ page book about how to be successful on this earth and Jesus was not mentioned once.
I like that.