A Card Carrier’s Money
Possessions – Part 1
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?’
Our Scripture for today starts with a statement that was yelled out to Jesus: “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” Jesus wouldn’t get involved with that dispute, but did take the opportunity to teach His followers some things about money. His first lesson about money is, “Watch out! Be on guard.” In other words, Jesus wanted them to understand that money is a powerful element of this life. Money can be used for good and it can wreck a person’s life.
It is easy to have one philosophy for money: Get all you can, whenever and however you can. This seems to be the goal of everyone around us; is it yours? Jesus reminds us that life does not consist in the abundance of possessions. Yet, we have a hard time believing that truth—more stuff seems better. Jesus knew that greed is the cancer that will destroy relationships and it is in our relationships that true life exists. Our relationship with God establishes our eternal life. Money has the power to pull us in the opposite direction from God and His Kingdom if we don’t “watch out!”
Money, or the love of it, has destroyed many family relationships. If you doubt this, watch families deal with the death of a loved one, then try to divide up the inheritance; it can get very ugly. Greed works its way into the lives of good people; we must “watch out!” Is the abundance of possessions what defines life for you? (Continued)
Father, help me trust your provisions for me and be content with what you supply. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.