Greed & Readiness

Luke 12:13–21 (NKJV)

13 Then one from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
14 But He said to him, “Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?” 15 And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
16 Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. 17 And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ 18 So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” ’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’
21 “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

Luke 12:13-21

A man brought a need to Jesus. His brother would not fairly divide the inheritance left to them by their father. Jesus decline to arbitrate the matter, and told them instead to not covet or have greed. He then tells the story related above of a man who had so much that he pulled down his barns and built bigger ones. He reveled in his prosperity, feasting and partying, and then died on the night of his festivities. Verse 21 is a ringing rebuke of greed. Where is your treasure? Are you building receptacles for that of which you may be robbed? Or are you laying up eternal treasures? Evaluate your priorities and build receptacles for those things that last forever!

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