What would you do if today were your last day? If you somehow knew that tomorrow was the end of your life and the start of your eternity, what would your plan of action be? We see this scenario played out in our culture a lot in movies and songs, and the answer is usually something reckless or romantic or both. A lot of people would allegedly go skydiving and then call up their high school sweethearts. Maybe your answer would be to make amends with your enemies and tell your family members you love them. There’s nothing wrong with those answers. The problem is with the question. The reality is that we will never have that insider information to see this scenario played out.
18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”Luke 12:18-21, ESV
The Parable of the Rich Fool is one of my favorite passages in the Bible, if you are allowed to pick favorites. It is reminder that life is fleeting, but it’s also a reminder that we should be living our lives the right way. For many, living every day like it’s their last means doing all of the fun and rewarding things they’ve always wanted to do. If we are spending our lives only seeking possessions or experiences, Jesus tells us that we are not rich toward God.