Your soul is required of you. Ouch! How many of us could say, "Yes Lord, I'm ready" if we heard those words? The parable of the rich fool (Luke 12:13-21) is in the Bible for our admonition.
Our world focuses on acquiring possessions - who has the most money or the best car or the biggest house. Even in our schools our children have to deal with that mindset. Parents send their children decked out in the most expensive gear and start training them that they are what they own.
What a foolish generation we are! Have we learnt nothing from the richest man who ever lived? Solomon, in his old age, realized that everything on this earth is vanity. The only thing that transfers to the next life is a relationship with Christ.
If we know the Savior, we can smile at the storm. If we know God, when trouble comes we'll be able to bear it.
He had bought the land. He tilled the soil. He planted, He watered. He weeded and pruned. He harvested the crops. But he forgot to give credit where it was due. He forgot to acknowledge the Creator.
He forgot that the land belonged to God. The seeds belonged to God. The water, the sunlight, the air (carbon dioxide) all belonged to God. He planted, he watered but it was God who gave the increase.
He was so busy pursuing wealth that he forgot to nurture his relationship with his Creator. It's oh so easy to judge. But could the same story be told about us? Are we busy chasing after the things of this world to the point that we have put our souls in jeopardy?
If Jesus came right now and said, "[Your name}, your soul is required of you.". Would you be ready to go?
Abba Father, into Your hands I commend my spirit. I don't know what's in store for me but I know that I need You to hold my hand. Hold my hand, Lord. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Would you be ready? Has God given you a task to complete that you've been putting off? Ask for His forgiveness for your procrastination and ask Him for the strength to fulfill the commission that He's given you.
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