Rich Toward God

Michael Beck

“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 12:20,21)

A life misspent is a life lived for one’s own self. Becoming a new creature in Christ is the beginning of the end of a selfish existence. Suddenly, life no longer revolves around us. Jesus becomes the center of our universe. “And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” (2 Cor. 5:15)

God never intended that this life should be for us. He created us for Himself. All the things we have stored up to build the life we want may disappear tomorrow. But perhaps that wouldn’t be such a bad thing. Starting from scratch may be just what we need. Now, we can begin building again – this time with the purpose of dedicating everything to our Lord and His pleasure and glory.

The greatest tragedy is to wake up in eternity only to discover that you have misspent your life on yourself. Before it is too late, be “rich toward God.”

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.