Eat, Drink and be Merry
(100 Pack)

by C. Glendinning

This tract is written with the festivities associated with Christmas in mind whilst considering the grave mistake of the rich man of Luke 12. The reader is urged to make preparation, not just for the present, but for eternity.


In these days of festivity, this is the uppermost thought in everyone's mind. They long to enjoy themselves and experience all the excitement that Christmas brings. But God takes a very different view of it all. Let me tell you a parable from the Bible, to sound a warning note in your ear, so that we might learn from another's very solemn and serious mistake. In Luke's Gospel chapter 12, we read of a certain rich man, whose ground brought forth plentifully. God had blessed him richly and he lacked nothing except for one very important thing, which he disregarded as nought - his soul's salvation. The story goes ... "I have no room where to bestow my fruits ... I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry." But God said unto him, "Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee; then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?" (Luke 12v17-20) Here's a man, and although he had been abundantly blessed by God, he left God out of all his reckoning. He speaks only of 'my fruits, my barns, my goods' - but in fact the only thing he could call his own was his soul. My Soul - The Greatest Possession He made plenty of preparation to ensure that he was comfortable in this life but gave no thought to the world to come. He spoke of many years in which to enjoy the pleasures of sin, but God said, "This night." God called him from it all, and he left this scene for God's great eternity with one possession, and one only, his soul. In this season of merriment, when huge amounts of preparation are made for one day, be careful you don't leave God out of it all! And be sure you have the vital preparation made for eternity. "Prepare to meet thy God." (Amos 4v12). Remember you have a soul. God's Word declares it, "God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." (Genesis 2v7) Every one of us, a thousand years from now, will be in either heaven or hell for eternity. "What if the word were passed, this night should be thy last, where would thy soul be cast, where hide thy face?" "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mark 8v36-37) "Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth." (Proverbs 27v1). My Sin - The Greatest Problem Now I trust you understand something of the value of your soul, but what about your sin? The psalmist David said, "My sin is ever before me." (Psalm 51v3) Is your sin ever before you? Do you ever think about it? Whether you do or not - God does! And "God requireth that which is past." (Ecclesiastes 3v15) God must punish sin and a sinner will never enter into heaven with sins unforgiven. But thankfully, I can tell you of a third possession which could be yours, not only your Soul and your Sin, but also - My Saviour - The Greatest Person And He wants to be your Saviour too! Listen to - Who He is - God's only begotten Son. God the Father only had one Son and yet, "the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world." (1John 4v14) Where He was born - although He was the Son of God, "she brought forth her first born Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger." (Luke 2v7) And we read, "there was no room for them in the inn." (Luke 2v7) Let me ask you, 'Is there room in your life for my Saviour? Are you professing to celebrate His birth and yet it is true of you - Room for business, room for pleasure, But for Christ the crucified, Not a place that He can enter, In the heart for which He died.' Why He came - "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." (1Timothy 1v15) "thou shalt call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins." (Matthew 1v21) This is why He came, "not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance." (Luke 5v32) "the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many." (Mark 10v45) He was born to die, and by His death He provided salvation for all who will acknowledge Him as Lord and Saviour. Mary, His earthly mother even did this before He was born - "my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour." (Luke 1v47) Is He your Saviour? If not, why not? For "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4v12). Value your soul, it's your greatest possession; repent of your sin, it's your greatest problem; and accept the greatest person that was ever born, as your Saviour. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." (Acts 16v31).


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