He who dies with the most toys…still dies.
A man asked Jesus to arbitrate over the allocation of his inheritance. Jesus responded with a parable about a farmer who had missed the point. The farmer had missed the point in three main areas:
1. He had made provision for his body more important than providing for his soul. With this wealth, he had made provision for his body, so that he could “eat, drink and be merry” and yet provided nothing for his soul.
2. Providing for his life within time was placed above providing anything for his life in eternity.
3. Not only had he broken the tenth commandment, but he also broke the first commandment. He had not had any thoughts for God in his plans. It was all me, myself and I.
Yet, God called him to account at a time he didn’t expect as he will everyone. Do we spend our time accumulating the things which will pass, or the things which will last for all eternity?
In the evening we were presented with something unusual.
As Jesus was travelling to Galilee he travelled through Samarisa an unusual place that is, unusual for a Jew, as the Jews didn’t get on very well with the Samaritans. He came to a well and to a Samaritan woman drawing water. Even more unusually, he talked with this woman unusual not only because Jews did not get on with Samaritans, but also that Jewish rabbis didn’t talk openly with women. As the conversation progresses, we learn that the woman is an adulteress and is currently living with a man who is not her husband. Yet Jesus, in spite of all of this, offers her the water of life and she tells the others in her town and told everyone about him. Through this Jesus stayed with them for two days, causing many to follow him.
So, through an unusual place, through unusual people, Jesus produced unusual results. No one is too unusual, no one is too far gone for Jesus to be able to reach out and save.