What is the object of life? The rich man in the story that Jesus told thought that the object of life was to get more. He thought that the object was to work hard, achieve financial security, to eat, drink, and have a good time. Jesus called him a fool. He was investing his life in stuff that was temporary more than he was investing in relationships, which are eternal. Jesus said the object of life is to be rich toward God, meaning that, if you spend your life loving God and loving people and investing in relationships, you will discover what real wealth is. Here is the deal with this story that Jesus told about the man he called a fool: Wise people build their lives around things that are eternal and squeeze in the temporary. People who God calls fools are people who build their lives around things that are temporary and squeeze in the eternal. Where are you? Make a list of the things in your life that are temporary: possessions, your resume, your golf score, your checkbook, your stocks, your home, your body, pleasure, your beauty, youth, health. All of those are temporary. They will not last. Make a list. What is eternal? God, people you love, a soul that knows Jesus, and deeds of love. Those are the things that last. Where are you investing your life? In the temporary or the eternal? Are you living wisely or are you living foolishly?
– Dr. Tim Thompson