Luke 12:19-20 Then I'll say to myself, ‘You have stored up enough good things to last for years to come. Live it up! Eat, drink, and enjoy yourself.’ ” But God said to him, “You fool! Tonight you will die. Then who will get what you have stored up?”

This rich man we read about calculated everything in his life and we can say he devised a brilliant plan. He came up with a method to save up and store his grains for many years so he told his soul to be at ease. We would agree that was in order because he had worked hard. But in truth, had he? Was he really the architect of his enlargement?

Scripture reports ‘“The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully.” He may therefore have been possessor of the land, but we know the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. And neither the one who plants nor the one who waters do anything, but God who gives the increase (Psalm 24:1,1 Cor 3:7).

Yet, in calculating his life for years, this rich man had no room for God in that whole equation. So God comes along. The author, the custodian and the sustainer of life shows up and says ‘tonight, a requirement will be made for your soul. Who then will possess all you have gathered?’
Those words got me contemplating ‘in the planning for my life, do I intentionally have a place for my walk with God?’

Beloved, at the peak of our achievements and successes, it is very easy to remember everything else but God’. Here lies our reminder “Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have put aside all else, counting it worth less than nothing, in order that I can have Christ.”

In essence, everything minus God equals nothing.


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