Some time ago, I heard a neat little story about two people, one a believer and one not. It’s a fictitious story, but one that really asks the question: What is your story line? Or….Where are you going in life? Here is how the story goes: A Christian asks a question of a person that doesn’t know Christ and then after each answer received, asks the question “…and then?”
“So, Ted, what is happening these days? What are you up to?” asks the believer, who we’ll call Joe.
“Well, I’m finishing up my degree. And then I’m looking at getting a great job with a company in Chicago” says Ted.
“…and then what do you hope happens?” asks Joe.
“…and after I get the job, I’ll probably get married.”
“…and then we’ll probably have a family.”
“…and then we’ll have a great house and cars and have everything we’ll ever need. We’ll be set for a while.”
“…well, and then I guess I’ll retire.”
“…well, we all die, I guess!”
There was silence. Ted didn’t know what to say.
It’s amazing how many people go through life missing the most important part of life…..life with full abundance in Jesus Christ. And a life that also precedes a life without end with Christ in Heaven!
Luke 12:13 Then one from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
14 But He said to him, “Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?” 15 And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
16 Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. 17 And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ 18 So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’
21 “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
Are you like our friend, Ted, who laid up his treasures in earthly things? Do you get satisfaction from things you own? Do you get satisfaction for things that you have done? Are you happy today because of what you know or what you can do? Does going to work today to get some sales in or to get some projects completed or to get some widgets manufactured give you total satisfaction? Are you joyful because you get to answer the phone today to help someone who has a complaint or needs assistance?
You may answer “yes” to some of these questions. Or you may have a better answer.
Recently, I visited a doctor’s office where I was given a simple exam by his assistant. She asked me a few questions in order to get to know me, including my marital status. I told her I was happily married for 31 years! She asked me what the secret was to a long marriage. I said it was not “what” but “who”.
In addition to my wife, I include Jesus in my marriage and my life. Everything I otherwise see and use here on earth is secondary.
If you asked me “…and then?” I’d tell you I can’t wait until then! How about you?
*Devotional message prepared by Jim Huber.