Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. (James 4:13–14, NIV 1984).
[Jesus] said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ’ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’” (Luke 12:15–20, NIV 1984).
What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self? (Luke 9:25, NIV 1984).
My Musings – What good indeed. We devote a lifetime to making a living, but often neglect making a life worth the living. Then there are those who make this life “worth” living “for many years” but neglect preparations for the next life. No matter how vast the riches, no matter how rich the life, if not prepared for what comes after, we forfeit our “very self [soul]?“
My Advice – If time were money, how much money would it take to buy life eternal? You’ll solve for the last digit of pi before you solve this math problem. Fortunately for us, there was something, actually someone, valuable enough to buy it for for us. Best take the deal before time runs out.