Do you recognize the name of Liliane Bettencourt? If I told you she was worth forty billion dollars would that help you know her claim to fame? If you listened to National Public Radio last Saturday, you learned that Ms. Bettencourt is now secluded by the disease of Alzheimer’s. Her daughter is locked in a court battle with a man named Francois Banier. She is suing Banier because Ms. Bettencourt gave him one billion dollars’ worth of money, art and other items. Banier is 25 years younger than Bettencourt. Bettencourt’s daughter believed the man swindled her mother into giving him the fortune. However, there are some who know Liliane Bettencourt and believe Bettencourt and Banier are just dear friends. They say that when this man came into her life years ago, there was no inappropriate relationship between the two. One magazine author said about Banier, “He just opened up doors to a life she couldn’t imagine.” (NPR Weekend Edition, 8/12/17) Bettencourt was considered the richest woman in the world when she met Banier. She is heir to the Loreal cosmetic fortune, and she was also fighting with her daughter, had marital discord with her husband, depressed and extremely lonely!
When I heard this story, it reminded me that we never know who we might meet that is waiting for someone to open the doors of life to them. Having forty billion dollars in the bank and yet be miserable and lonely reminds us that the stuff of this world alone cannot meet the deepest longings of our hearts. We were designed by God to be loved by him and to love others. The events from Virginia last weekend underscore we need help from above to truly heal the disease of hate and bigotry in our society. I don’t know if Francois Banier did anything wrong. I do believe every follower of Jesus that shares him with others helps play a role to “open the doors of true life” to others.
Come to worship this Sunday and join us as we dive into the words of the Apostle Paul who said in Romans 10:14-15, “But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him. How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news?” Paul knows the good news of Jesus can open the doors of life to anybody, anywhere in any condition. God uses his people to bring His good news!
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