Mood: not sure
FROM THE DESK OF THE PASTOR:
WHEN YOU HAVE GOT ALL YOU WANT, DO YOU HAVE WHAT YOU NEED.
Most people spend all their life worrying about making money to feed their families, to put clothes on their back, to buy a beautiful home in a good neighborhood, to buy that nice car to park in their driveway, and to take those nice families vacations, but do you every stop to think about your soul? When you have got all you want….Do you have what you really need? Without Jesus, all those other things are nothing. The Bible tells us to first seek the kingdom of God, then all these other things may be added to us.
In providing for one’s future and happiness, one has plenty to think about. Their retirement and their children’s education, making enough money to pay their mortgage on that beautiful home, and to have money for emergencies, but there is more to think about than material things. There is the spiritual side of life. Where will you or I spend all eternity?
Jesus spake a parable to show us that riches do not secure one from evil. “The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, what shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruit? And he said, this will I do, I will pull down my barns, and build greater, and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years, take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.” Luke 12: 16-19.
WHEN YOU GET ALL YOU WANT…DO YOU HAVE WHAT YOU NEED? One should be sure, very sure, for one never knows at what moment you may be called from this earth, that you may go to, and not from, your treasures.
One of the mistakes of this rich man was, he had the goods, but the years he could not claim, he forgot that life is uncertain, and like so many others, he tried to satisfy his soul with food, drink and merriment. He had all he wanted, but he did not have the thing that he really needed.
God said unto him, “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasures for himself, and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12: 20-21.
It may be a harsh saying, but men and women act the part of a fool, not realizing that their soul could be required of them at any time and they will have to give an account of every deed done while in this body. In trusting to riches for their happiness, which can only come from God, they are laying up treasures on this earth, and not in heaven.
The rich man thought he had many years ahead of him, but God said, “This night your soul is required of thee.” This he was unprepared for, he had all he wanted, but he did not have what he needed, and all his goods on which he had set his heart were delivered over to others.
Covetousness is a sin that all people need to be warned against for happiness and comfort do not depend on the wealth of this world. The things of this world will not satisfy the desires of the soul. Do not be misguided by thinking that God does not know your thoughts. Think about it, if you have all you want do you have all you need? And be truthful with yourself, for your soul salvation depends on it. Are you like the rich man, laying up treasures for yourself, that is folly in the eyes of God. If you are smart, or if you think, you are wise, then you should be laying up treasures in heaven for Luke 6: 24 tell us, “Woe unto you that are rich! For ye have received your consolation.”
Jesus tells us, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:” St. Matthew 6:19-20. If you have, all you want….do you have what you need? Now is the time to ask your-self theses questions. Do not wait until it is too late.