During 1918-19 more than twentyÂ million people worldwide died in justÂ 120 days as a result of the influenzaÂ virus, or what was commonly knownÂ as Spanish Flu. Statistics show 12.5Â million of these deaths were in India,Â and half a million in the UnitedÂ States, including more than onehalfÂ of the population of Alaska. ItÂ spread quickly and in many casesÂ was deadly.
Another type of virus has found itsÂ way onto our continent. No, I am notÂ speaking about AIDS or of some typeÂ of flesh-eating disease. I am speakingÂ of â€˜affluenza.â€™ Have you heard of it? ItÂ is a disease that can control a personÂ and cause them to make poor choicesÂ because of their desire for wealth.Â These people have a continual hungerÂ for bigger and better â€˜things.â€™ TheyÂ are never really satisfied with whatÂ they have. They are blind to the factÂ that their family relationships mayÂ be suffering as a result of their greed.Â Far worse than that, their eternalÂ destiny and relationship with God isÂ at stake.
In Luke 12:16-20, we read of aÂ farmer who had a huge harvest, whichÂ was really from the Lord. He thoughtÂ he was self-sufficient for many yearsÂ to come. His attitude concerning hisÂ life was eat, drink and be merry. HeÂ had no thought of God, nor was heÂ thankful for the blessings he receivedÂ from God. God called him a foolÂ (Luke 12:20). He died and, in spiteÂ of his full barns, faced God withÂ all his sins. He was unprepared toÂ meet God. The riches of this worldÂ have absolutely no value in eternityÂ (Matthew 6:19-21).
Living to please oneself is a typicalÂ attitude today. People are failing toÂ prepare for their future when theyÂ must meet God. Not only that, theyÂ are missing out on what life is reallyÂ all about. The Bible says we are notÂ to â€œtrust in uncertain riches, but inÂ the living God, who giveth us richly allÂ things to enjoyâ€ (1 Timothy 6:17). GodÂ wants you to enter into a relationshipÂ with Him (John 14:6). This is onlyÂ possible because of the death of theÂ Lord Jesus Christ. Godâ€™s Word, theÂ Bible, says â€œPrepare to meet thy Godâ€Â (Amos 4:12). We do not know whatÂ tomorrow will bring.
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