“But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?” “So us the man who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” – LUKE 12:20-21
Usually this date in the United States is income tax return deadline day. Throughout the land, people with clammy hands, stressed-out hearts and furrowed brows are trying to figure out how to settle with Uncle Sam. There are some, however, who aren’t worried. They are the people who paid throughout the year through withholding or quarterly self-employed payments. They are square with the tax man, or he may even owe them money.
In Jesus’ parable in Luke 12, the rich man hadn’t made any “payments” at all. He had clung to his wealth, sating his soul and body, but on deadline day, he lost his very soul. Judgment is coming when our sin-debt will be levied. “Jesus paid it all,” says the old hymn, but it does us no good if we don’t receive His gift of salvation before the taxing day of the heart. The Bible says “now is the acceptable time… now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2)
Settle the issue with God today and you will have nothing to fear when the “eternal tax-man cometh”!
Ask the Father to help you make sure your heart is ready for its day of judgment.