“But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:20-21 (ESV)
Today’s verse is taken from a parable Jesus told to illustrate how the wrong perspective can result in the wrong priorities. The fool in the parable is a man who had a temporal perspective. He spent his life accumulating material possessions and wealth so that he could enjoy that wealth.
The fool lived only with thoughts of this world and his own pleasure.
The fool had a temporal perspective.
This wrong perspective led him to wrong priorities.
Remember…presuppositions lead to perspective…and perspective leads to priorities.
Jesus told this parable to illustrate how a wrong perspective brings disastrous priorities. As Christian physicians, it’s extremely easy for us to fall into the same trap.
It all starts with the wrong presuppositions.
We must get clarity on what our presuppositions really are.
If we don’t get Biblical presuppositions firmly into place, we will fill that vacuum with worldly presuppositions. They will influence our thinking and we will take on a temporal perspective, rather than an eternal perspective.
With the wrong perspective, we will then develop the wrong priorities.
We will prioritize work over relationships… with God…or even our family.
We will prioritize our professional career over our personal relationship with Christ.
We will prioritize the temporal over the eternal.
We will prioritize gaining over giving.
We will prioritize doing over being.
We will become physicians who happen to be Christians rather than Christians who happen to be physicians.
Fortunately, it is possible to prevent or reverse this trend. It all starts with our presuppositions. What do we really believe? What does Scripture tell us is really important?
We must consciously allow Scripture to form and reinforce our true presuppositions. Then we allow those presuppositions to inform our perspective on life.
Because our priorities always reflect our perspective, as a true eternal perspective begins to form, our priorities will automatically adjust.
Then we will no longer live as the fool…but as one who is wise.
Prayer: Lord, help me evaluate and realign my presuppositions and perspective to get the right priorities.