''Take heed and beware of covetousness, for ones life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.'' Luke 12: 15
I went to an estate sale the other day and I was amazed at how much stuff had been stored up by the lady that had previously passed away. It was a three day sale primarily to sell off the junk that had been collected over the past fifty years. The good furniture and antiques were to be sold at a later date.
Things that seem important to us here on earth while we are alive are just junk to end up in the hands of someone looking for a good deal when we die. When my grandmother died I was only about seven years old but I will never forget my aunts fighting over the linens and personal items that she left. It was just like vultures on a corpse.
When my dad died, he left my brother and I a fortune in land and a very prosperous equipment business. He had left home when he was sixteen and had worked his entire life to make a good living and support his family only to die at the age of sixty three and leave me to squander half his wealth on drugs.
At twenty five I was wealthy and and thirty three I was broke and strung out on drugs. It only took a few short years to go through something that someone worked all of their life to obtain, only to see it vanish like a puff of smoke. So whats the use in storing up treasure , and at the end of life who will get all that you thought was so valuable?
Jesus spoke of a man that had a very prosperous piece of land that yielded plentifully and he thought within himself that because it was producing so much that he would tear down his barns and build bigger ones. This is so typical of today's mindset about wealth and building a portfolio for the future because we are taught to believe that a person's wealth somehow exhibits his spirituality. God ultimately gives us the power to obtain wealth, but He always tests us to see what we will do with it.
'And I will say to my soul,''Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink and be merry.'' '''But God said to him, Fool ! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?' ''So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.'' Luke 12: 19-21
Are you wealthy by earthly standards or are you truly rich toward God? Most never know the day or the hour of death when we will stand before a holy God and render an account of our life. Did we waste those assets to help someone or did we lay down what was precious to us so that someone else could benefit? The bible says that some have entertained angels unaware, has God sent angels to test the true treasure in our heart?
What will your heavenly portfolio contain? When the last audit takes place what will your account show, true riches or spiritual bankruptcy? Has your life been spent accumulating riches for you or have you stored up for eternity? The end of all things is at hand and we are approaching the final days. According to scripture Jesus could return at any moment. What will He find in your treasury? Are you ready?
''But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. ''Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.'' Luke 12:39,40