“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.”
God wants to use you to win souls, but what about your own soul right now? Have you given any attention to it lately? Have you looked at the state of your soul? We can place so much emphasis on that which will pass away and so little emphasis on that which lasts forever.
The Bible tells us the story of a man who forgot about God, a man who had all his bases covered except home base—the most important one of all.
Luke’s Gospel tells us that he tore down his barns and built larger barns to store all his worldly wealth and then decided to take it easy and “eat, drink, and be merry.” But God told him, “Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?” (Luke 12:20).
This was not a blanket condemnation of those who are successful or wealthy. In fact, there are many commendable things about this man. He apparently was a hardworking farmer. He would have had work harder, get up earlier, and expend more effort than all of the other farmers to accomplish what he did.
His mistake was not in being successful in his work or acquiring possessions. His mistake was failing to make plans for eternity. His mistake was that he forgot about his soul. He was living large, not recognizing that the clock was ticking.
His philosophy would probably be shared by many people today: “Take it easy. Eat, drink, and be merry.” But he forgot about his soul. A lot of people do that. They have everything going for them. But they forget about their souls.
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