‘…You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you…’ Luke 12:20 NIV
The ambitious fool. Jesus told the story of a successful farmer who said, ‘…I will pull down my barns, and build greater…’ (Luke 12:18 NKJV) Evidently he was a good businessman and planner. But then he said: ‘I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry." But God said to him, "Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?" So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.’ (Luke 20:19-21 NKJV)
This man had a plan for time, but none for eternity. He thought about himself, but not God. He paid attention to his body, but not his soul. It’s said that the average body has enough phosphorus to make 800,000 match heads, enough sugar to go into 60 cubes, enough salt to cover 20 spoons, and enough iron to make about ten dollars’ worth of nails. The rest is just dust and water. When you pamper, promote and protect the part of you that will only live 70 or 80 years and neglect the part of you that will live on in either Heaven or hell, God says you’re a fool. This man told himself he had ‘many years’ but God said, ‘This night your soul will be required of you.’ Don’t you realise that an accident, a blocked artery, a stray bullet, a plane with engine failure or a drunk driver could take you out in an instant? Wise up! The question is not will you die, but when? And are you ready to stand before God?
SoulFood: Acts 24-26, Mark 9:1-13, Ps 62, Pr 11:15
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2012