“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’“ – Luke 12:18-20
Through all the hustle and bustle that life brings, it’s sometimes hard for us to think with a clear head. We have so many things to tackle on the to-do lists we wish to accomplish, and we also have things that God has put in our minds to do. With all that is going on it is wise to bring clarity to our lives. The last part, the things that God wants us to do can be hard to decipher because we have the cloudiness of the world all around us.
In Luke 12, we read the parable of the rich fool. In the parable of the rich man, a man’s land produces an abundance of crops; more than he can store. His solution is to tear down his barns and build bigger ones to hold the surplus so he can sit back and enjoy life. If you look at how this man speaks, it’s noteworthy how many times he uses the personal pronoun “I.” “What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops.” So he says: “I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods”. He has become the center of his own universe, everything revolves around his life and his needs. God was not featured on his radar at all, until the moment he dies. His moment of clarity comes too late. That moment of clarity is when you realize that you are an eternal being and there is more than this.
We all need a moment of clarity to move us from the routine of everyday life. It can be called an “Aha!” moment, or an “epiphany,” or something else. It is that moment when you come to grips with why you were born, the purpose of your existence, and where you’re heading. It builds on the moment of clarity when you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.
The cross brings clarity to every part of our lives. Jesus made the sacrifice we could not make, to pay the debt we could not pay. Jesus changed our story. Jesus frees us to be honest about who we are, failures and all. Since there is no reason to pretend that we aren’t broken, this should free us to be open and honest with ourselves and to bring clarity into our lives.
You are forgiven, restored, and redeemed. The shackles have been broken and you have been set free. God’s love is for every person, in every corner of the world, and God’s love brings a new life, one with perfect clarity.
Whether you find yourself in times of sunshine or rain, abundance, or want joy or grief, remember you are never alone. Jesus sacrificed Himself to make a way so that we could be with Him forever. And that is a life of clarity.
- Do you think it is important to seek clarity in your life?
- What can you do this week to bring clarity into your life?