And he spake a parable unto them, saying, 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 fruits (store my crops)? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow (store) all my fruits (crops) 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. But 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 treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:16-20
Easter was a big celebration in our household as I grew up. I looked forward to it every year and it was a special family time. Easter sometimes fell on my birthday, which made it even more special for me when I was younger. On Easter Sunday, we would go to church and then go to my grandparents' house for a day of fun festivities and amazing food. My Tata (grandfather) would man the grill, cooking delicious steaks and burgers, and my aunt would bring her famous potato salad. I so looked forward to this day.
My Nana always made Easter special by hiding plastic eggs and even putting money in some of them. I loved Easter Sunday and I could not imagine it without my grandparents. I enjoyed this day so much and thought it would always be the same. Little did I know there would come a day that would forever change Easter Sunday in our family.
In April 1987, my Tata had a heart attack and the world seemed to stop. The doctors were unsure if he would make it or not, but I felt he had to make it as Easter was soon approaching. My grandfather did not make it, and he passed away prior to our special day. The Easter celebrations that I thought would last forever changed in a single night. The family tried to continue on with the same traditions, but it was just never the same after my Tata passed away. The older I get, the more people I love pass away. We often go through life thinking things will last forever, and we plan our lives without taking eternity into account.
Jesus told a parable in which He warned his listeners to be careful what we prioritize in this life. I am not sure if my Tata ever accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, but I know he may have taken Christ’s offer of salvation more seriously if he would have known his life would end that April. Mark 13:32-33 “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.” This verse should give us all pause as we look at our lives and consider its fragility and how close we could be to eternity.
Where are you today friend? Are you living for eternity or you living for retirement? Do your plans include doing things for God or just doing things for yourself? Heaven is retirement for the Christian, and we should live every day in the light of eternity. Mark 8:36 states, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Is He your Savior? You can be 100% sure you are going to heaven if you put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Be sure now of where you will spend eternity as you never know when your soul will be required of you.
Stay in the fight!