Scripture: “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15).
In the Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:13-21), Jesus warns us about the problem of greed. In this parable, Jesus tells about a wealthy and successful farmer who produced such a big crop that he made plans to tear down his existing barns and build bigger ones to store his abundant harvest. Basking in his success, he had no worries about his future as he looked forward to an easy retirement of eating, drinking, and being merry. We might admire him for his success, but God called him a fool, because God saw him as selfish and greedy. He ignored God as well as his neighbors, and God called him to account for his greed. The Rich Fool forfeited his life. “So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God” (verse 21), Jesus said.
Jesus did not condemn the rich farmer because he had wealth, but he did condemn his wrong attitude toward his riches. His wealth had become the most important thing in his life. Through this parable, God is warning us about the problem of greed and our need to use our wealth properly. Rather than being rich toward money, God wants us to be “rich toward God.” In Luke 12:21, Jesus is telling his listeners that, if we store up things only for ourselves and are not “rich toward God,” we will have the same fate as the Rich Fool. In order to be “rich toward God” with our money, we need to acknowledge that God is the source of all that we have and to glorify God through the use of our money.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to be rich toward you in how I view and use my money. Amen.
Artist: Kuang-yen C. “Rita” Louis