I’ve seen “The Wolf of Wall Street” literally 5 or so times. Aside from the insane drug use, the debauchery and the stuff that would make anyone’s face blush, this movie is unbelievable.
Throughout the movie, we see Leonardo Dicaprio’s character, Jordan Belfort, as a money hungry, grotesque jerk whose driven by wealth and power and feeds it by selling questionable stock. Jordan is a masterful salesmen. He’s suave. He’s cool. He’s confident. He seems like someone you want to be like. He looked and acted the part. While not a perfect man, he seemed to have it together for the most part. But, he meet’s Matthew McConaughey’s character, Mark Hanna, the boss of his first job on Wall Street who gives him peculiar and integrity-crushing advice
The rest of the movie explains itself as to what happens next. Women, drugs, prostitutes, money, shady associates, lying, cheating and the list goes on.
Spoiler alert, but, in the end, Jordan pays for it.
He ends up in jail for 3 years and loses everything that he gained over time.
Jordan was at first a man who was looking to fit in and become somebody even though he was already very gifted in the art of selling.
Jordan became somebody but a kind of somebody that practically lost himself entirely, all the while using his great gift. His gift was used for evil rather than good, with seemingly good motives.
Jordan later spends 3 years in jail after being caught.
Jordan is now presenting himself in front of others in order to teach him how to be the him he was supposed to be from the very beginning.
As I watched the movie, I couldn’t help but think of the text Luke 9:25:
For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?
Jordan’s cross might have been the stress of the job. It would’ve been the personalities he would have to deal with on a case by case basis. It would have to be the struggle of maintaining a relationship. It would’ve simply been managing without resorting to drugs, alcohol and sex.
Instead, he took the low road, and went for what made it easier. He went with the advice of his old boss, poor advice that led him to a life filled with wanting more and more…till he inevitably imploded.
Jesus gave us a call to action in Luke 9:23…”deny yourself…take up your cross…and follow me.” His warning…he who desires to save himself will lose it.
In an attempt to save our own lives, we’ll often attempt to try all kinds of ideas and plans in an effort to be the best, be the most successful and just plain survive. And yet, we try to save our own lives from debt. We attempt to save our own lives from troubles of life. We attempt to save our own lives from depression, from sickness and from trials of life.