Friday, May 20, 2011
In Luke 12:13-20, a man comes to Jesus for him to tell his brother to share his inheritance with him. Jesus said basically who made him judge or a divider over that man? This is what he told him in v. 15, And he said unto him, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
In v. 16-20, he went on to speak of parable of a rich man that brought forth plentifully fruit. So the man thought to himself I have no where to store all the abundance that I have. Then the man said to himself, I will tear down my barns & build greater ones and store my fruit there, and this will I say to my soul. Soul thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, & be merry. But you know what it says in v. 20? But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be? which thou has provided?
We need to be careful of putting earthly things before heavenly things if I may say that.
What is fair in your life? What do you feel like you deserve? We deserve NOTHING in this life. What we do deserve is death in an eternal hell. Sometimes we live like we deserved to be saved. When things don't go your way or are fair, we aren't disgruntle with each other, we are disgruntled with God, because he didn't give us what we deserve or think we deserve.
What is fact? Fact is this man wanted part of his brother's inheritance. He wasn't satisfied with what was given to him, he wanted more. We are never satisfied with what the Lord has blessed us with, we always seem to what more & more things. The Bible says that the root of money isn't evil in & of itself, it is the lust of it. Jesus saw looked beyond the root & saw this man's fruit. Covetousness can sneak up on you, so we need to beware. If everything in your life was removed do you still have worth? We build our worth on the things that we have instead of seeing our self worth is having & knowing Christ. Question isn't what do you own, question is who owns you?
What is to be feared? In v. 16 it says that the ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully. Question, who gave that to that rich man? The Lord did. We tend to forget Who gave us what we have today. Did we work for it? Yes, however, who gave you the job to have the money to buy the things that you have? The Lord did. People say, "I got to where I am today by pulling up my boot straps." No, they got to where they are by the Lord blessing them. Stop to think, who gave you the ability & wisdom to do things? We feel like our hard work got us where we are. Three things this man forgot: 1.) He forgot blessings came from God. 2.) He forgot he was blessed to be a blessing. If the Lord blesses you with abundance, share with others, with it be monetary or even the gospel, share what you have with others. 3.) He forgot what that laying ahead was more important than what he laid behind. Don't think of what you are going to leave behind here on this earth is more important than ahead. The kingdom of heaven is way more important than any earthly things here.
You have been blessed. You are saved and on your way to heaven. Share that blessing with someone else today, don't store it up in your barn.