What matters to God? I guess each of us will answer that question based on our relationship with our Lord. My answer would be that we love Him with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength and that we love everyone. Love is probably the simple answer, which would make me rich in God, as He is love. In the Gospel today from Luke 12:13-21, Jesus tells the Parable of the Rich Fool. It is about a rich man that had so much that he built larger barns to store everything in it so that he could rest, eat, drink and be merry.
I know I have bought into that lie in my lifetime. I grew up striving to be the best, wanting lots of money and things and believing that I would be a failure if I did not achieve these goals. It has taken me such a long time to believe and understand that what matters to God is what is most important and the only way to know what is important to Him is to spend time and have a great relationship with Him.
One can reach the top of the world with fame, success, money, things and everything else the world offers. I work at a college and I see students day in and day out pressured to succeed by the expectations of their parents, professors and themselves to compete for worldly honor. What happens when the do achieve their goals to succeed? Like the rich man in today’s parable, will they work so hard to store up all their riches, to retire early and rest, eat, drink and be merry?
If so, this is what God tells the rich man today … “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.” I have heard it said, “When you die, you can’t take it with you.” So the question again that begs to be answered for your life is, “What matters to God?”