Luke 12:16: “And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
Recently, a Staten Island man died with an estate that was worth more than $40 million, and he left it too….No one! Yes, no one. According to the State Comptroller’s office it is now the largest unclaimed estate in states history. The man had survived the holocaust to become a brilliant real estate developer, but as a friend and fellow Holocaust survivor stated, “He was a very smart man but he died like an idiot.”
As I thought about that story, I had two overriding thoughts:
First, if they are looking for someone to give the money to…I am available!
Second, I was reminded of the Parable of the Rich Fool that Jesus said he had acquired so much that he torn down his old barns to build bigger ones and told himself, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink and be merry. But God said to him, ‘You fool!’ This night your soul is required of you…then who will get all your stuff.”
So as you journey through life today…do not be a fool! Make your life count for more than just stuff you leave behind.
Think about it, and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D