August 4

Luke 12:16-21

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’” vs. 20

It’s hard to know what to do with this parable from Jesus. Typically we like to deflect the point of the story and imagine that it applies to others. But that’s hard to do when we’re the ones building bigger barns. When compared to the world’s population there is absolutely no doubt that we are rich. Our cupboards are full, we eat out in fine restaurants, live in massive homes, and drive expensive vehicles. Some of us go on cruises and trips all around the globe where we catch occasional glimpses of how 70% of the world’s population lives. When we get old we can tap our retirement accounts, collect social security, downsize to comfortable retirement homes, and continue to live the good life. So what can we do with Jesus’ words, aside from squirming and feeling uncomfortable? Mostly we’ll do nothing! We like our abundant life and most of us have come to terms with being rich. Some pastors even preach a prosperity gospel and say that God wants us to have material wealth. But once in a while the Spirit stirs within and we are moved to use our riches as a blessing to those in need. These giving moments bring great joy and remind us that God’s most precious gifts have nothing to do with money.

Thought for the Day: How did I get so wealthy? 

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