Rich Toward God

David Gaunt

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.”

While Jesus was preaching to several thousand people, a man asked Him to command his brother to “divide the inheritance with me.” (Luke 12:13)  Jesus used that opportunity to warn us to “guard against all kinds of greed.”  Then He went onto illustrate that “life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” (Luke 12:15b)  Jesus did this by telling a parable about a “rich” man that had such an incredible harvest of crops that he decided to tear down his existing barns and build bigger ones.  Then this “rich” man was going to retire.

Above (Luke 12:19) is what that “rich” man said to himself.  He gave no credit to God.  He thought he had plenty of grain, and that since it “belonged” to him, he could use it to live out humanities’ dream.  For many of us, we are still seeking the same goal.  Whether we realize it, or not, most of us are still working toward taking life easy.  “Easy” has become the path we want to take, as well as the destination to which we are aiming.

But then in the parable, Jesus gives God’s perspective.  He calls this man a fool.  Then He demands his life from him.  Apparently, God doesn’t have the same goal in mind for us.

Instead, God states what He desires.  He wants us to understand what it means to be truly “rich.”  God explains, it’s not about storing up things for ourselves, but being “rich toward God.”

I want to encourage you today to prayerfully consider what it means to “be rich toward God.”  What should that man have done differently?  What is it you need to do differently?

It reminds me of the song “American Dream” by Switchfoot.  Some of the lyrics are:

When success is equated with excess
The ambition for excess wrecks us
As top of the mind becomes the bottom line
When success is equated with excess

If your time ain't been nothing for money
I start to feel really bad for you, honey
Maybe honey, put your money where your mouth's been running
If your time ain't been nothing but money

I want out of this machine
It doesn't feel like freedom

This ain't my American dream
I want to live and die for bigger things
I'm tired of fighting for just me
This ain't my American dream

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