Keeping the main thing the main thing.
Luke 12:13-21 NIV
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” 16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ’ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
It’s a challenging and uncomfortable story.
Jesus refused to get involved in a discussion over “things”. Instead, he warned against all kinds of greed.
Luke 12:15 NIV
15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
- distracts us.
- causes us to focus on self.
- misplaces our priorities.
Jesus is teaching everlasting life lessons:
- God knows our thoughts and throw away words.
- Be more concerned about knowing your eternal destination rather than our human worries.
- God knows us and we are important to Him and every hair on our head is numbered.
- Do not blaspheme against the Holy Spirit.
Jesus desires for us to have a rich relationship with God.