A word from the Chaplain:
Are you rich towards God?
This is a huge question! One that Jesus addressed in the Luke 12 about a certain rich man.
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. 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.”
So what was the message of this story?
Note to self: This is a real good time to make a mental note to yourself. You never want to hear God say to you, “you fool”!!
As it was with many of Jesus’s parables, His warning was to not live our life for today only, but to think carefully about Eternity.
When our days on this earth are done, we will each stand before the Lord.
Will we be rich in worldly wealth that passes away, or will we also be rich towards God?
Are we investing in only earthly things or eternal things also?
Have we given careful thought to know what it means to be rich towards God?
Do we have a real relationship with our Heavenly Father though the Grace of the Lord Jesus and His redemptive work for us on the Cross?
Or have we just been busy with life as the man in this parable was?
Jesus taught this parable for a reason, a very significant reason, so that we, while on this earth, might thoughtfully consider our priorities.
I, pray that each of us, me included, would each and every day, live our lives with eternity in mind.
Pastor Bill McCorquodale,
Chaplain, United Veterans Council of the Santa Clara County