Luke 12:13-21: The Parable of the Rich Fool
"Then Jesus said to them, 'Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.'
And he told them this parable: 'The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.'
Then he said, 'This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I'll say to myself, 'You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.'
But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'
This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God."
Storing Up Your Treasures
I am sure most people have been convicted of loving their things a little too much. As we go into this Christmas season, I want to challenge you to really think about how you are spending your time and how you think about the items you are desiring.
I read an amazing book by Jen Hatmaker, Interrupted, and I highly recommend it. In the book, Jen talks about a moment where she was challenged to give her brand new boots over to a homeless person without any shoes for the winter. She admits that it was a bit too challenging for her to give up her boots (when she had other pairs at home) to someone who had nothing to keep their feet warm.
I can honestly say that this is something I too have struggled with. Their is nothing wrong with liking your things - that is not what I am saying here. But, there is something wrong if you would not willingly give them up. Because the fact of the matter is that if we hold onto our things without having open hands extending them towards God, then we are making idols of those objects.
God tells us, "Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal." (Matthew 6:20)
The truth is we have no idea how many days we will have on this earth. What we do know is time is precious and what we want to be storing up are our riches in heaven.
This past week my sweet friend passed away. She was only 38 years old. It really stopped me in my footsteps and made me think about how short our time is here on earth. It made me think, "Am I spending it in every way possible that is glorifying to God? Am I living each day knowing how precious it really is?"
My prayer for us all is simply Psalm 39:4: "LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered--how fleeting my life is."
Be Blessed this week, friends.