I have been to a lot of funerals lately…and I actually talk about death frequently. Not because I am morbid…but because it is almost impossible to get people to admit that they are going to die. Which by default, gets them to think that they are always going to live. So they act like they will always have a tomorrow….and so they chase things…and make great plans.
You have all heard the conversations…here is my 20 year plan. Just one more promotion, just one more investment property, just three more years of hard work at this job that I hate, and then I will be on easy street.
Then…after that…I will be free to serve God. Or after that….I will be able to stand in line at the drug store in Florida. I was in Florida last week…I think there is a law that they need to have a drug store on every corner. And I thought about it…what are all of those people living “for?” I am sure there are wonderful people who are doing wonderful things…but lets face it…there is a lot of time spent at the Doctor’s office….and the drug store.
Jesus gives us something to think about. And it reminds us that there is no guarantee of a tomorrow. It is found in Luke 12:13-21.
Luke 12:13-21 – Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
Wow…that is pretty indicting.
Ecclesiastes 5:10-11 says this, ” Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless. As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owners except to feast their eyes on them?
So be encouraged…your life plan is pretty simple. Don’t waste a lot of time thinking about it…start doing the things that matter in life now. What matters? That is easy as well. Matthew 6:33 sums it up completely: 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,and all these things will be added to you.
Grace and Peace, Dan