19 Sep Luke 12: 13-21

13 Someone in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” 14 But He said to him, “Man, who appointed Me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 Then He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.” 16 And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive. 17 And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ 18 Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ 21 So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

The Lord describes a man who thought he had answered the satisfaction question. He had everything he needed for the rest of his life, until his mid-life crisis hits. He planned to satisfy the second half of his life, but there would be no second half. He was prepared to live, but was unprepared to die. God called this man a fool, because that night he died and he went into eternity to meet God poverty stricken and naked. Sin brought sickness and earth into this world and we have all sinned. Please do not ignore the mercy God extends to you right now, because when life runs out, it’s over. Sickness, too, is often a part of this life. Therefore, we must exchange our lives for what God has said is important. Trust God and make Jesus Lord. Say, “no” to me and, “yes” to others. Abandon the ungodly, ugly, self-centered things. Pursue the right, honorable, true things. Build life around truth. The result is satisfaction no matter what happens to you in this world. We become more lovable and we live a life of faith to the glory of God the Father.