A Card Carrier’s Money
Possessions – Part 3
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 life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” Are these words, recorded in Luke 12:19, the goal of most people in our society? This rich man decided it was his goal and made it come true, for a few hours; that night his life was taken from him. What a sobering story, a story of refusing to be content with “enough.” This man faced eternity where he would miss out on the reward of living a life of helping others.
God prospers us in order to pass on to others our excess. However, if we never recognize that we have excess, then we horde more and more for ourselves. Remember, this story from Jesus came at the heels of His warning to “Be on guard against all kinds of greed” (Luke 12:15). When we can’t recognize excess, we become greedy people, whether we want to admit it or not. Do we have more than we need for survival? More than likely, most of us have excess; more than needed for survival. God is not mad at us for having excess, but He wants His followers to follow His lead in helping the people around us that He will point out. It is His job to show us the projects and/or people to help with some of our excess; it is our job to obey His lead.
One of the modern, first world, problems we face is that there are so many options to take our money. We are responsible to seek the Lord’s will for how we manage our money. We can be like a little kid who doesn’t ask for permission for fear the answer will be no. Don’t fear God’s opinion, He is always right!
Father, I will go where you want me to go; I will give what you want me to give! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.