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?’
This verse had a profound effect on me leading to my salvation.
The pages of a Chick Tract called This Was Your Life introduced me to this scripture.
Jesus introduced it in a parable about a man that did rather well in his business. So well that he tore down old warehouses and built new, bigger, and better.
With those warehouses full, he declares a life of ease – “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” Luke 12:19
However, death paid him a visit that night.
Death is a certainty no matter how rich or how poor a person.
The tract made it quite clear to me for the first time what happens to someone that dies in sin. It backed everything up with scripture.
The drawings and scripture actually led me to pray for forgiveness and accept Jesus as my Savior. That was January 15, 1975.
Living a hundred years in wealth and ease cannot compare to eternity in hell.
As for those living in misery and squalor from day to day – For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Rom 8:18
Of course, rich or poor does not determine salvation. That comes only by the blood of Christ.
Accept Christ and use your life and your situation to glorify God.
Then when your time comes instead of “Fool!” you shall hear, “Well done good and faithful servant!”