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Harvest Daily 03/17/05

March 17
The Man Who Forgot God

"This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?" - Luke 12:20

Here is the story of a man whose date with death came unexpectedly.  He wasn't prepared.  He was the man who forgot God. 

Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully.  And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?'  So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and goods.  And 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 12:16-20)

There are many commendable things about this man.  He apparently was a hard working farmer.  Jesus does not criticize his success.  This man got up early.  He spent time watching his crops.  He worked hard.  And he made a good living.  His mistake was not success.

His mistake was that he failed to plan ahead.  He had all his bases covered but the most important one of all: he had not considered eternity.  He had forgotten God.  And he died a fool because he died unprepared.  It's important to know that heaven is a prepared place for prepared people. 

Are you prepared?

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