We live in an age where great emphasis is placed on making plans for the future. I am sure that many of you work for a company that provides a retirement benefit so that when you reach a certain age you will be able to retire and still receive an income. Most people who have reached an adult age have been approached at one time or another by someone who sells life insurance, and most of us have life insurance. Also, many of us have fire insurance on our homes and possessions, we have hospital insurance, we may have cancer insurance, and even a burial policy. On and on it goes about the things you and I do to take care of our future. We put great emphasis upon the preparation that needs to be made for the years before us.
Why have a retirement plan or life insurance? The answer, of course, is to provide for the food, clothing, and housing our bodies will need as long as we live.
But when I think of such things, I am mindful of the fact that these provisions place emphasis on the material and not the spiritual. Of course, there is nothing wrong with providing for our material needs in the future, but the point I want to make is that the majority of emphasis is on the physical, with little or none on the spiritual. A person will make all kinds of sacrifices to have a retirement and the proper insurance so he and his family will be taken care of physically, yet to forget about the spiritual needs will result in him and his family going to hell. Friends, that doesn't make sense. Jesus asked, "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mark 8:36,37).
We would say that a person is foolish if he does not prepare for his future physical needs. What would we say about the individual who does not prepare for his future spiritual needs? It goes without saying that spiritual preparation is far more important than physical. Eternity is everlasting. Isn't it the supreme tragedy not to prepare?