“And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow (store) all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?”Luke 12:18-20
I was in the gym the other morning, getting ready to go to work. I was feeling good after my workout and a refreshing shower, and I was trying to work on the face God gave me as I combed my hair and put lotion on my face. I was putting the finishing touches on my morning routine when I heard two men talking within earshot. I normally try not to eavesdrop, but their conversation was quite intriguing so I bent my ear a little to take in what they were talking about. The two men seemed to be retirement age as their conversation let me to believe they were well into that stage of life. They did not seemed rush or hurried as I tried to quickly grab my things and head out the door while listening to them. Their conversation piqued my interest as I heard them talk about the future without a care in the world.
The one man spoke of how he always wanted a motorcycle and an ATV. He was now 75 years old and figured he would have a good 15 years or so left of life to enjoy riding it. He stated he no longer wanted to wait for the motorcycle, and he was going to go out and buy one and also buy an ATV while he was at it. The man listening to him agreed with glee and seemed genuinely excited for this man. I think the man was hoping to get in on some adventures with his friend, and the man continued to go on talking about the fun he would have on his new motorcycle. He also talked about the plans he had for the next 15 years as he spoke of how he was not getting younger and now was the time for him to have his fun. I did not have time to eavesdrop any longer and smiled as I walked away. Here I was on my way to work and these men had put their time in and were enjoying the fruits of the labor.
My initial reaction was to be a bit jealous of them having the time to shoot the breeze and dream of their adventures that would come in the next 15 years. I then began to think deeper about what they were saying, and I thought to myself that I did not know if I had 15 years left in my life as God could take me home or He could come back for His own. There is nothing wrong with enjoying the retirement years God gives you, although I believe it is only retirement from the job He has given you to provide your needs and a move into the work He has called you into next. I do believe everything we plan should be with the thought that “if the Lord will allow, then I will do such and such”. I am not sure of the spiritual condition of these men, but it would be a shame to have a 15-year plan that did not include God, and a shock to them if those 15 years came to fruition and they then spent all eternity in hell fire. We can have all the elaborate plans in the world, but if they do not include God or if we do not have a personal relationship with Him, then it will be for nothing.
I look at this verse and see how we get caught up in the cares of this world as we pursue vain ambitions. We try to stuff the mattress with savings and plan for the future, thinking nothing of our eternal future. It is prudent to save, but it is more prudent to prepare yourself for eternity. We know not when our life will end as it is but a vapor and will soon be over. As I wrote this, two acquaintances of mine succumbed to death just this past week, and they were younger than me. I am sure they thought they had many more years of life ahead of them, but they are now into eternity. My heart was saddened to hear of their passing, and more so because I never had the opportunity to share with them the hope of all hopes. The Christian does not need to fear death as one can be 100% sure they are going to heaven. If you prepare yourself for everything under the sun financially and don’t prepare yourself for eternity, the Bible calls you a fool.
Will tonight be the night your soul will be required of you? If you were to die tonight, where would you spend eternity? Do you only hope you will be in heaven or do you know where you will be for all eternity? If I were to jump out of plane, I would like to think I would not merely hope my parachute would help me, but I would want the guarantee that it would not fail. How much more your eternal destination? My dear friend, you can know today for sure where you will spend all eternity if you will place your face in the finished work of Jesus Christ. No one knows which day will be their last on earth, but my plea to you is to not be a fool but to know with all of your being where you will spend all eternity. Please reach out to me if you would like to be 100% sure of heaven and don’t wait another day as you may never know when your soul will be required of you.