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?’ This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:20-21)
I know an occupational therapist who worked seven days a week for years in a managerial position and on the side at two other facilities. He doesn’t have a wife or children, live in a fancy huge house, or have a lot of possessions. Saving money for retirement is his goal, but when his life ends, he won’t be rich. I don’t know his heart, so I don’t say, “you fool,” although sometimes I think it.
How do we calculate our wealth? Do we seek God’s gifts of His Holy Spirit, faith, forgiveness, peace of mind, joy, eternal life, and a mansion in heaven? If God demanded our lives tonight, would we have riches to take beyond the grave? Jesus challenges us to lay up treasures, or crowns, in heaven. God gives the victor’s crown to those who run the race of life for God by sacrificing themselves to meet others’ needs. Those who love God and have faith to persevere under trials receive the crown of life. God promises the crown of glory to those who spread God’s word. The crown of rejoicing is for those who lead others to Christ. And all who desire a relationship with God receive the crown of righteousness.
Father God, give me Your gifts: spiritual gifts, forgiveness, faith, peace, joy, righteousness, and eternal life in heaven that I will carry beyond the grave. Give me Your Holy Spirit to guide me along the path leading to Your richness and crowns. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.