What are your most valued possessions?
Why are they so important to you?
The Parable of the Rich Fool:
13 Then someone called from the crowd, “Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father’s estate with me.”
14 Jesus replied, “Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?” 15 Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”
16 Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. 17 He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ 18 Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. 19 And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”‘
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’
21 “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”
Luke 12:13-21 (NLT)
So what did this guy do wrong? What should he have done with his surplus instead?
How much of what we own ourselves is a “surplus”?
Let’s take a look at a modern day interpretation of Jesus’ parable. Seth and Megan are a married couple who’ve both been blessed with good, well-paying jobs. They’ve been married a few years now and have managed to come up with quite a bit of savings over the years. Megan’s always worried about one of them losing their jobs, though, and they keep saving up more and more just in case. They want to be prepared with at least a year’s worth of salaries saved up just in case they have trouble finding a job. They’ve thought about giving to the church or to the homeless, but they don’t feel comfortable doing that yet because they still feel like they need more saved up.
What are some of the things that are wrong with Seth and Megan’s decisions?
Why doesn’t God want us to hoard our finances and possessions “just in case”?
Does this mean we shouldn’t save up money? [No, just that we shouldn’t become obsessed or excessive with it, and we shouldn’t worry about it.]
God wants us to trust Him with our finances and our possessions. If God blesses us with a surplus, we should be sharing it with others, because that’s what God intends for us to do with what He’s given us.
The more possessions and money that we have, the harder it will be to trust Jesus and have a closer relationship with Him, because our money will be meeting our needs, instead of Jesus.