Today in the Gospel of Luke 12:13-21, Jesus tells the crowd the Parable of the Rich Fool. Before He addresses the crowd, someone came to him and asked him to tell his brother to share the inheritance with him. Right there, I read a sense of greed in the question. Jesus turns to the crowd and says … “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.”
Most of us are not considered rich per say but we do have many possessions. I have more than I need evidenced by what sits idly in my closet and garage. Jesus elaborates with His parable saying … “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 all who store up treasure for themselves but are not rich in what matters to God.”
I have heard sayings such as “You can’t take it with you” or just the opposite, “The one with the most toys wins.” I have laughed at the story of a rich man who told his wife that when he died, he wanted to be buried with all his money. When he died, his wife complied and wrote a check in the amount of all his money and put it in the casket with him. Greed is a deadly sin. We will all have our opinions of how much is too much and justify how much we give away or do for the poor. I think Jesus again wants to bring to our attention the need to love and care about others and not just about ourselves. If someone is in need, I should do what I can to help with the resources God has given me.
This daily Bible verse from Proverbs 30:7-9 is one I pray each day to remind me to trust in the Lord and His providence … Two things I ask of you, do not deny them to me before I die: Put falsehood and lying far from me, give me neither poverty nor riches; provide me only with the food I need; Lest, being full, I deny you, saying, “Who is the LORD?” Or, being in want, I steal, and profane the name of my God.