To the members of Faith: The Lord be with you with His peace and joy! I'm looking forward to this evening's Divine Service! And this Sunday will bring us the story of the Rich Young Man in Mark 10. Service on Sunday will be followed by the voters meeting and then a potluck. Nice! God bless these things, and this week's small devotion!
"Fool! This night your soul is required of you" (Luke 12:20).
How many years of life do we still have?
A king gave to his clown a marshal's baton and told him, "I nominate you as marshal of the fools. If you ever find one who is more foolish than you, hand it to him."
Years passed. The king was on his deathbed. The clown asked him, "Do you know where you go?"
"No," answered the king. "I know only that I must die."
"So there is a 'must' for kings, too. Did you store for yourself some riches in the world beyond to which you go?"
"I never thought about it."
"You knew that you would have to die and, notwithstanding, you made no definite choice? You did not prepare for heaven? You did not avoid hell?"
"I never took time even to ponder deeply about these things."
The clown took the baton from the sleeve in which he had hidden it, and returned it to the king. "Now I nominate you as marshal of the fools."
Remember that you will die, and that you do not know when this will happen.
The above is from Richard Wurmbrand, and to it I add only this: The one who is prepared to die by faith in Jesus Christ is the one prepared to live on this earth for however long, and according to the law of love.