1999-01-04 - Y2K
Luke 12:16-21, "And He told them a parable, saying, 'The land of a certain rich man was very productive. And he began reasoning to himself, saying, What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops? And he said, This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul you have many goods laid up for many years, take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry.' But God said to him, 'You Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and who will own what you have prepared?'"
I'm all for being prepared. I'm all for preparing for the year 2000 and the uncertainties that seem to surround its approach. I hear a lot of verbiage about this issue from lots of different sources, and in listening, reading and thinking about it all..., I have a thought.
I think people are alarmingly presumptuous. The presumption is that lots of folks seem to think they will live to see the year 2000. Lots will, of course, but who is to say that you or I are in that category of "lots". The manner of presumption shows itself in the way Y2K is spoken about. The focus is upon alternative heating, safe houses, food sources, food storage, and water supplies.
The focus of all the preparation is on how to live well rather than on how to die well. The fact is that we all live, now, in a dying world and are ourselves only a breath away from eternity. Should not our primary focus be upon living in such a way that we might die well?
Death has a way of sneaking up on us. A man was killed last year by bubble gum. I don't think he was expecting to die when he blew his bubble while driving down the freeway, that it would pop, go over his glasses, and the subsequent crash would kill him, but it did.
So it is with us all. We are frail. The least thing, circumstance, or situation may be our undoing. The parable of Jesus, quoted above, is something every Y2Ker should take to heart. The issues of life are never about food, water, heat sources, or things like these. The issues of life, primary to all of us, is the life of God in our souls.
Many are talking about preparing to survive, but I have yet to notice anyone who is preparing their hearts to live now and for that matter in the year 2000. In addition to talk about safe houses, those who are "worked up" about saving themselves during the Y2K bewitching hour ought to be themselves focused, and helping others to focus, on how to obtain safe hearts.
This is the lesson of the above parable: At anytime our lives may be required of us. Have we set our affections on those things that are above? Are our souls ready to commune with God? Are our hearts being purified and conformed more and more unto Christlikeness? If we can say yes to these things, we are prepared for anything this life might hurl at us.
Soli Deo Gloria,