Someone in the crowd said to Jesus,
“Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.”
He replied to him,
“Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?”
Then he said to the crowd,
“Take care to guard against all greed,
for though one may be rich,
one’s life does not consist of possessions.”
Then he told them a parable.
“There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest.
He asked himself, ‘What shall I do,
for I do not have space to store my harvest?’
And he said, ‘This is what I shall do:
I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones.
There I shall store all my grain and other goods
and I shall say to myself, ‘Now as for you,
you have so many good things stored up for many years,
rest, eat, drink, be merry!'”
But God said to him,
‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you;
and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’
Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself
but is not rich in what matters to God.”
“Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” How do these words from Jesus echo in our own hearts? Does greed control my life? What is at the center of my life?
So much of our time in this country is spent toward amassing material possessions. We try to define our identity by what we own, what we have, what we possess. Like the rich man in the parable, we can be fooled into feeling safe because we have stored up riches that will last for years while we neglect what is most important.
Jesus teaches us that our identity lies in the fact that we are sons and daughters of our heavenly Father. Our identity does not lie in what we do or what we have. It is who we are. When we realize deep in our soul that the Father loves us beyond our imagining, we begin to realize that the material things don’t mean anything in the big picture. We cannot take those things with us to heaven. In fact, the less that we have sometimes the more free we can feel.
The rich man in the parable was trying to store up his treasure on earth. He thought it would give him security and lead to a life of relaxation and enjoyment. Yet this did not prepare him for meeting his Maker face to face. He forgot about the things that really matter – God, faith, hope, love, etc.
What are your top priorities?
How much time do you spend focusing on making money versus the time you spend on your relationship with Jesus?
What or whom do you look to in order to fill the void in your heart?
Do you know in your soul that you are loved by the Father?
Have you ever tried to downsize, simplify and spend more time focusing on your relationship with Jesus?
Have a blessed day!
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