Remember the story of the rich fool? You can read it in Luke 12:13-27. He was probably one of the guys envied by the community. He had it all. He was hardworking and ambitious. He wasn't lazy- he planned ahead. He wanted to ensure a long and productive life of comfort, and he didn't dilly-dally. He had an extensive property which yielded a wonderful crop each year. He saw his opportunity and seized it immediately- he would have been respected in his time for being so diligent and industrious. He didn't waste a moment.
At least... he didn't waste a moment on foolish ideals. And this is what God said concerning the man's hard work and saving up of wealth:
But God said to him, "You fool! You will die this very night!
Then who will get everything you worked for?"
You see, he, like most of us today, worked hard to try to ensure a wonderful, long life. He wasn't lazy, he did his best to save up his wealth so he could enjoy it later on in his life. He sought a bright future full of eating, drinking, and being merry. He was like the people we envy now with sound careers ahead of them, lots of savings for college and university, high ideals and good reputations. These are the people who we see are going far in life. These are the people who will receive the highest quality education, and get the best-paying job. They are looked on with respect, because to the world, these are the people who did not waste their life.
To God, however, just like the rich man, they not only wasted their life, but also their chance for eternal life. The people we consider to be fools are the people who don't care about school, party all day and night, ignore the rules, and are lazy. It's true, those are all foolish things to do. However, many people who are also considered fools in today's society are those who have high credentials, opportunities for greatness and wealth, a beautiful home in a great neighborhood, a great reputation and fine looks, and supposedly "squander" it all to go and live in some third-world country far away from every friend, family member, and comfort, just to serve. To the world, they are foolish. To God, they know what's up.
Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth
but not have a rich relationship with God.
Those words are straight from the moth of Christ. What does that tell you about God's priorities? Does it mean we should forget about working hard in school and throw away all our money? I don't think so. God has given each of us gifts and talents to use for His purpose. To hide them away would be a sin, since they are not really ours. We have been entrusted with the life we have been given to use it all to bring glory to His name.
I'm sure it will come as no surprise to you when I say that all material goods will fade away. Nothing on this earth will last forever. It's not a shocker. This shows that if we cling to our wealth and our homes and our belongings and our prizes and our reputations, we will lose everything. But has it ever occurred to you that this applies to our lives, as well? Our lives don't seem like material items that will fade away, but let me explain. If we cling to our lives, doing everything we can to build them up and make them enjoyable, we will spend all our time and efforts and strength on something that will only last a century at the most. All the while, we have eternity to be thinking about!
If we cling to our money, we will lose it and fall. If we cling to our possessions, they will fade away and we will be left with nothing. Basically, if we make these things our lives and cling to it more tightly than to God, we will lose everything. We will lose our lives.
If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? For what will a man give in exchange for his soul?"
Don't always be thinking about today. Be thinking about eternity. The little acts of kindness and love that you show to the least of these is storing up treasures for you in heaven that will never rot or fade away. Your life is not worth clinging onto, but God is. He gave you life- it belongs to Him. And one last reminder:
"Beware! Guard against every kind of greed.
Life is not measured by how much you own."
Are you measuring your life by man's standards, or by God? Are you a fool in the eyes of God, or will you be brave enough to look crazy in the eyes of man to serve the One who entrusted you with your life. The clock is ticking, don't waste your life!