July 31

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?’ So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.” vss. 20-21

Jesus told a parable about a man whose fields had done very well. In fact they produced so much grain that the man didn’t have enough storage facilities. So he decided to tear down his barns and build bigger ones, where he’d have room to store all his crops. Many of us have stories like that too. We probably don’t have fields and barns but we may have had successful careers or businesses. Perhaps we’ve invested in apartment buildings or made a killing in hedge funds. When that happens it feels like we’re winning the game, that big game of life that tracks our income and investments. The money is how we keep score! It’s funny! When things are going well we feel a sense of pride in our success–we like watching our accounts increase in value. Even pastors get upset when they notice that their pension funds are taking a hit. It’s important for believers to take stock from time to time and remember that Jesus doesn’t give a rip about our bottom line. And he’s right! He called the man in the parable a fool, and we’re no different when we get obsessed about storing up treasures, and pay no attention to the state of our souls. 

Thought for the Day: How does my bottom line affect my morale?

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