I sat one Sunday in church on the 3rd pew listening to a sermon that forever changed my life. I love stories so any speaker who shares a story truly speaks to my soul. The analogy shared was as follows;
Once there was a rich man who had 3 servants, he travelled and came back with gifts for his household however he forgot to get a gift for one of his servant who was deemed very ‘stupid’. Once the master got to the 3rd servant, he said, “I am sorry I forgot to bring you something nonetheless I will give you this gold ring of mine and the day you meet someone who is more stupid that you are you can pass the ring to them.” Years passed and the master got sick and he knew he would die sooner or later and he started bidding farewell to everyone in his household including his servants…he came to his most ‘stupid’ servant and told him, “Your master is going on a long journey and he is not returning thus I am bidding you farewell.” The ‘stupid’ servant listened and got inquisitive and asked….“My master, you are a wise and wealthy man…have you prepared yourself for this journey now that you will not be coming back?” The master was perturbed by the display of ‘stupidity’ that this servant displayed…asking…Who prepares for this journey? The servants reply was one that shocked many, “How is it my master who is wise not preparing for a journey that he is aware he is making in the future? Some years ago, master you gave me a gold ring which you told me to pass it along to someone who was more stupid than I am…so master here have your ring as I believe you are more stupid than I am for not making plans for your long journey which you know awaits you.”
If you know me you know I dearly plan my life…as my friends love to call it scheduling is my portion….like any other person I have plans for how to generate more money, progress in my career, to get married at some point, progress my education etc. Our lives are filled with a plan which is great as we always look for better days; a better life and more happiness thus chase things that seem to bring us closer to our end goal. However, this is not the complete picture when you critically think about it, all those plans you have are for life in this world touching on material things and self gratification……what about eternity? Have you made any plans for eternity…on average it is said that the life expectancy in Kenya as per 2013 was at less than 60 years of age…so if you live to 60 years your life is planned out pretty well and you could be living your dreams in terms of material possessions..…but what happens when you die….have you made plans for life after death…ETERNITY?
This analogy struck me……as despite the lack in wealth as the rich man… in my youth, I lived his life chasing dreams to get rich and be better but didn’t make any plans for my long journey of eternity. This sermon changed my life as I previously had many plans on my life on earth and missed the big picture planning for ETERNITY… I had a believe is my own abilities…self-believe….I knew that my life’s breath depended on God however he was a side show in my life…a pity party worries deposit bank whom I went to when in trouble or when I needed him to do something for me…the subject of death was a future tense in my brain that occurs to others….but what if it happened to me? I would have surely gone to a Christ-less grave…my parents faith was not enough for my eternal life back up plan….going to church every Sunday was also not enough for this journey. This realization shook me and despite making my earthly plans on what I wanted to achieve I resolved to make an eternal life plan….to journey with Christ by having an intimate relationship with him not merely ascribing to religious doctrines….these will not make you have an eternal life. 2014 marks my third year on this journey and it has had its challenges however I am stronger each day and much happier than I was before…I am no longer afraid of death as I was before…I keep saying when my day and time comes…I pray the Lord that I shall bravely embrace it and I shall be ready to go and be with my saviour as truly my soul will have found eternal rest.
I challenge you who has take time to read this story to make plans for eternity as much as you make plans for your earthly life….your parents faith will never be enough, your church believes and attendance will not count. Today is a privileged gift that you have from God your creator…tomorrow you are not guaranteed that you will have the life you have as the breath of life we have is from God and he knows best when your soul will be required….make a resolve to plan for this long journey that is looming for each of us…eventually we will all take it so make a choice to be ready when your turn comes.