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13 Someone from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
14 Jesus said to him, “Man, who appointed me as judge or referee between you and your brother?”
15 Then Jesus said to them, “Watch out! Guard yourself against all kinds of greed. After all, one’s life isn’t determined by one’s possessions, even when someone is very wealthy.” 16 Then he told them a parable: “A certain rich man’s land produced a bountiful crop. 17 He said to himself, What will I do? I have no place to store my harvest! 18 Then he thought, Here’s what I’ll do. I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. That’s where I’ll store all my grain and goods. 19 I’ll say to myself, You have stored up plenty of goods, enough for several years. Take it easy! Eat, drink, and enjoy yourself. 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool, tonight you will die. Now who will get the things you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 This is the way it will be for those who hoard things for themselves and aren’t rich toward God.”
A man contesting his brother’s inheritance moved Jesus to tell this short but haunting story. In the story, a rich farmer, reaping a large crop, thought about nothing but how to keep it all, adding it to his already overflowing stock of food and wealth. Fixated on his worldly fortune, he forgot that none of it would do him any good when his earthly life ended. Jesus knew better and urged his hearers to become “rich toward God.”
Lord Jesus, I want to be rich— “rich toward God,” that is. Please shape my heart and my choices in ways that will continue to lead me to that kind of life. Amen.
Today’s parable is a convicting opportunity to check on your priorities, is it not? Did you pause at the same place I did when God said to the man in the story: “Fool, tonight you will die”? I felt this sense of urgency to respond to God and explain myself.
*My conversation with God today:
“Okay, God. What is it that I am storing away for myself? Maybe collecting is a better word for it. I don’t think I am intentionally keeping things for myself, but I also realize that not inviting you into all aspects of my life could also be considered excluding you. What benefit are my “riches” if they are not used to serve your kingdom?”
I love that I belong to a church that invites us to be generous, just as Jesus challenges us throughout Scripture. Jesus knows the barriers that keep us from a deeper relationship with him and it’s up to us to respond and discern the value we place in earthly things. When we get into the habit of this discernment, we’re able to experience how God provides for all of our needs.