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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry!

"But God said... Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee..."

     "Eat, drink, and be merry."
     Have you ever wondered where this phrase came from?   According to the Bible, it was once spoken by Jesus Christ.   In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus tells a parable about the success of a certain rich man who became "independently wealthy" and chose an early retirement.    Now he was really going to "live it up", or so he thought "...And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.   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?" (Luke 12:19,20)
     As we look at this rich man's philosophy, there are five things that we want to consider in God's response to him.
     1. "BUT GOD SAID UNTO HIM" - Think of the power that God displays when he speaks.   Take creation for instance; whenever God said "Let there be light", there was light.   "By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them ...For he spake, and it was done, he commanded, and it stood fast." (Psalm 33:6,9)   Therefore, when God says something, men should take heed, for HE SPEAKS WITH AUTHORITY AND TRUTH.
     Remember the television commercial about the stockbroker firm that used to say: "When E.F. Hutton speaks, everybody listens"?   Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case when God speaks.   The Holy Spirit of God calls out to men through his Scriptures, but they are only interested in their own selfish desires as this rich man was.   The prominent book in today's household is no longer the family Bible, it has been replaced by the "T.V. Guide".
     Listen, do you want to know what God says?   Then BRING BACK THE BIBLE INTO THE HOME!   Jesus said: "Search the scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life, and they are they which testify of me." (John 5:39)
     2. "THOU FOOL" - How would you feel if God called you a fool?   God calls the atheist a fool in Psalm 14: 1: "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God."   Jesus does not specify whether this rich man believed in the existence of God or not, the main thing is that he ACTED like there was no God.
     This is just like some people who claim to be "Christians", but live like atheists.   They are "lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God."
     Listen to what the Spirit says: "Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver you." (Psalm 50:22)   If you're a "Sunday morning Christian" who forgets about God during the rest of the week, you're only fooling yourself.
      3. "THIS NIGHT" - What if you die tonight?   Maybe some of you that are reading this have made plans to go out and "eat, drink, and be merry"; but this could be your last day on earth!   God says: "Boast not thyself of tomorrow, for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth." (Prov. 27:1)   God has given each person a certain amount of days to live on this earth, and then they have an appointment with death.   "Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with Thee, Thou has appointed his bounds that he cannot pass." (Job 14:5)   Maybe your name will be in tomorrow's obituary column.
     4. "THY SOUL SHALL BE REQUIRED OF THEE" - Some people think that death is the end, and they will be rid of all of their troubles.   But God says ..."it is appointed unto men once to die, BUT AFTER THIS THE JUDGEMENT." (Heb. 9:27)   This judgement will consist of a thorough investigation of your own personal life.   Nothing will be covered up.   "But I say unto you, That EVERY IDLE WORD that men shall speak, THEY SHALL GIVE ACCOUNT THEREOF in the day of judgement." (Matt.12:36)   Even your secret thoughts shall be judged.    "In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ" (Rom. 2:16)   This judgement will be based on the Sciptures and whether you really repented and believed the gospel of Jesus Christ.    "He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: The word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." (John 12:48)    No matter how good you may claim to be, it will not be enough to pass through this judgement.   "As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one ... For all has sinned, and come short of the glory of God." (Rom. 3:10,23)
     This rich man must have forgotten about God's judgment; have you'?
     5. "THEN WHOSE SHALL THOSE THINGS BE, WHICH THOU HAST PROVIDED?" - Apparently, this rich man was only concerned about the material things of life.   Jesus said that "a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of things which he possesseth."   Like many, this rich man didn't realize how "temporary" physical riches and pleasures are.   "For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out." (I Tim. 6:7)   "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" (Mark 8:36)
     This man was rich, and maybe you claim to be poor, but if you have not been "born again" by the Spirit of God you will both end up in the same burning Hell.
     Friend, your life on earth might end before another day passes, but eternity lasts forever!   Where will you spend eternity?   Remember: "PREPARE TO MEET THY GOD..." (Amos 4:12)