THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4
And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!” But God said to him, “You fool! You will die this very night.”
Luke 12:19-20 (NLT)
GUARDING AGAINST GREED: CONSIDER ETERNITY
A third-grader was asked to write an essay on the subject of the human body. He submitted this masterpiece: “Your head is kind of round and hard, and your brains are in it and your hair is on it. Your face is in front of your head where you eat and make faces. . . . Your stomach is something that if you don’t eat often enough it hurts, and spinach don’t help none. . . . Your arms you got to have to throw a ball with and so you can reach the butter. Your fingers stick out of your hands so you can throw a curve and add up rithmatick. Your legs is what if you don’t have two of, you can’t run fast. Your feet are what you run on, and your toes are what always get stubbed. And that’s all there is of you, except what’s inside, and I never saw that.” (Haddon Robinson)
The rich fool in Luke 12 forgot about “what’s inside” of us. God says to him in Luke 12:20, “Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” The rich man was not a fool because he had a lot of possessions, but he was a fool because he had all the possessions but did not possess Jesus. He neglected the condition of his soul and its eternal destination. He had his bases covered for many years on earth, but not for eternity in heaven. Alexander Maclaren puts it this way, “The goods may last, but will he?”
God required the man’s soul “this very night.” The word required in the Greek is a commercial term, used of a loan. At this crisis point he discovers a truth that everyone learns sooner or later. God owns life, and He merely loans our earthly existence to us. At any time He can call in His loan. Have you considered that one day God will end your time here on earth and the only thing that will last is what you have done with Jesus and for Jesus? Heaven is a free gift that is only received by placing our faith in Jesus’ sacrificial death in our place. Have you placed your faith in Him? Are you rich toward God in heaven?