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Our lives get richer by helping other people’s lives get better

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Possessions – Part 4

Scripture Reading: Luke 12:13-21

Key Verse: Luke 12:20

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’

Take a moment and read Jesus’ words in Luke 12:21 of our scriptural passage: “This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.” How do we make sure we are rich toward God? The next verse gives us the first step, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.” In other words, Jesus is saying that we must stop thinking that life is all about stuff! Look around at the world you live in; there are people who matter to God and should matter to us. Our lives get richer by helping other people’s lives get better. For example, when I went to a nursing home to give a talk, I always left feeling so good. These good feelings didn’t come from getting paid or praised from the people I was ministering to because that didn’t happen. I felt good because I knew I had served some people that God loved.

We get rich in God when we see the value in people around us and do our best to make their lives a little better. There is nothing you can purchase that will enrich your life more than knowing you are helping people—all people.

Jesus is challenging His followers to answer the question of what will define our lives, service to others or possessions? We are not terrible people because we own stuff; we simply must make sure our stuff doesn’t own us! Ask God to show you what you should release if you are holding too tightly to possessions. Determine to get rich—rich in God!

Father, make me rich in you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.