The age of the consumer doing many jobs on their own is definitely a popular trend. Of course, years ago, that is what the norm was, but now this phenomenon has risen again—the do-it-yourself person. I have seen some state-of-the-art mechanic shops in home garages complete with every tool imaginable for auto repairs. Many people refinish furniture or have nice craft work areas in their homes. The box stores of home repair items are flourishing as never before. Thousands of square feet of products including small nails to large computerized appliances are available for the industrious homeowners. Amazingly, the storage facilities are increasing in great numbers due to the amount of excess products that people assume they must have. There seems to be no end to the person who says, “If they can do it, I can do it.” They even think that they might could do it better. Now, I am not belittling this surge of material wealth and do-it-yourselfism, but I am reminded of some spiritual truths.
Remember the farmer in the Bible who said that he would build a bigger barn?
Luke 12:18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
This farmer was a hard worker; he had acquired much substance. We would call him a success if he lived today. But the Lord was not so impressed with this hard working, substance gathering individual. The Lord said quite poignantly and pointedly,
“Luke 12:20 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 12:21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
Why was the Lord so stern, dogmatic with this Mr. Do-it-yourselfer? Here is what someone wrote:
- No sin in worldly success.
- No sin in wise and thoughtful provision for worldly goods.
- The sin consisted in his regarding the possessions as his own absolute property.
I see that this man had narrow focus in life—his own stuff—rich toward man. He did not have the focus of rich toward God. This man not only had a narrow focus for his life, but he had narrow future expectations for his life. He assumed that these things stored up would bring a future happiness and ease. It didn’t. He missed the mark on his future because his future expectations did not include God. Also, along with narrow focus and a narrow future, he had a narrow or shorter life than expected. “This night thy soul shall be required of thee.” His narrow focus and narrow future without God led to a narrow (short) life and an eternity without God. You see, he left God out in life, and God left him in eternity without God.
Boldly I must say with the writer of Scripture who is the Holy Spirit of God, “So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
Dear friend, haven’t you said long enough that you can get along without God? There is one thing that you cannot do—save your soul. Only God saves the soul. Why not turn from your wicked do-it-yourselfism and turn to the one who is the lover of your soul. He can and will save; you cannot. One must say to God when it comes to rich toward God, “I can’t, but God can.” The writer of Hebrews said, “He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Please read Hebrews 11:6 and turn from do-it-yourselfism to God alone.