Paying Attention to How We Live
By Charles Stanley
One day we'll give an account of ourselves to the Lord (Rom. 14:12). We must, then, pay attention to how we live.
The rich man in Luke 16:19-31 made the tragic choice of living for
himself without regard for the Lord. He also made two other mistakes.
First, he invested everything for himself and nothing for the life
to come. When we are blinded by our own desires and personal
satisfaction, it is easy to become lukewarm about spiritual matters. We
forget that this life is not all there is. Scripture tells us to store
up treasures in heaven, not on earth. Where our treasure is reflects
where our heart is (Matt. 6:19-21).
The rich man's other mistake was to
prepare everything for himself and nothing for others. Crumbs
falling from his table (v. 21) were the only form of assistance he
gave a poor man named Lazarus. The one who had much wealth did not share
it with the one who had little. Jesus explained what our priorities
should be to love the Lord wholeheartedly and to love our neighbor as
ourselves (Luke 10:27).
We see the rich man's mistakes repeated in another parable. This
time a wealthy man builds bigger barns to store crops so he will have
plenty for the future. God calls him a fool for such shortsightedness
The Bible repeatedly warns us to pay attention to spiritual
matters—the Lord is to have first place in our lives and be the center
of our affections. He urges us to store up heavenly treasure by caring
for the lost and hurting people around us. On whom is your attention