Rich Toward God

Luke 12:16-21(NIV)

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.”

We all need money and most people will find that they have more month than money.  Money is a tool that we all need to use to pay our bills, for food and entertainment.  When we get our paycheques, we pay our portion to the government in taxes.  Whatever is leftover could be committed to pay the monthly rent or mortgage.

Jesus told a parable about a rich man who loved his money and didn’t think about others who could use his help.  He thought of building bigger barns to store all of his excess grain.  Preparing and storing excess doesn’t sound like a bad idea, but the point that Jesus was making is that this man was not rich toward God. When we are rich toward God, we become more charitable to others and will give of our time and resources to others who are in need.

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