Luke 12:15-21 – “Then He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.” 16 And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive. 17 “And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19’And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”‘ 20 “But God said to him, ‘ You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ 21 “So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” NASB
Jesus made it incredibly clear that ‘greed’ is a vice or character trait to be avoided. He didn’t differentiate between different types of ‘greed’ or ‘covetousness’ but said Every Form of Greed. Your Life is not based upon Possessions it is based and built upon a Relationship with GOD.
Jesus then offered the parable of the rich man who was very successful. Unfortunately the man had allowed the fallacy of the importance of possessions to dominate his thinking regarding life. The rich man settled back, looked at his accomplishments, made plans to increase more and more, and said, “Now I can relax and enjoy my possessions.” GOD said, “No, tonight you will enter into eternity.” What you have achieved will be enjoyed by another not yourself.
Friends, if you have diligently made preparation for this life but have not prepared for the next you have made a tragic mistake. I commend your diligence and success, but I question the wisdom of investing your life into this world’s possessions while failing to invest in the Eternal Kingdom of God.
Your money cannot buy you God’s Love or God’s Favor. Your money will not satisfy the demands of ‘divine justice’ when you stand before God. Only the Blood of Jesus shed for your sins will satisfy that requirement. Only your repentance and acceptance of that sacrifice will open the door to God’s Eternal Kingdom for you. You can’t purchase a ticket with money, possessions, or earthly accomplishments. As the Beetles song, “Can’t buy me, love.” God says to us, “You cannot EARN your way into My family,” you enter by adoption through grace. Jesus is the only door.
So, if you are spending all your time and energy in setting aside possessions for this life and neglecting the Eternal Kingdom of God, I urge you to rethink your actions. I urge you to change your focus and instead of ‘seeking things’ that you ‘seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.”
May God be with you as you go through your day!