Luke 12

The middle section of Luke 12 speaks to a topic that we need to be on guard against – greed.  It centers on the story of a farmer who had a harvest beyond his ability to store it all.  So what does he do?  He tears down his barns and builds new ones so he can hold all the bounty.  Sounds a little bit like 2007 to me for many people on the farm.  God blessed us with a bountiful yield this year.  Is that bad?  Nope – being blessed by God is good.  The key is what we do with that blessing that matters.  Are we keeping it all for ourselves?  If so that is the wrong response.  You may recall in the story that the rich man died that very night.  It didn’t really matter how much he had – his life was over.  Jesus gives us this truth we would be very good to keep in mind: “Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot”.  The score to life is not measured by who has the most toys even though the world will tell us it is.  The score in God’s eyes is about what we did with what He gave us.  Jesus goes on to explain why the rich man died.  “That’s what happens when you fill your barn with Self and not with God”.  We have to keep things in perspective – God’s perspective.  He alone is the owner of all wealth and everything for that matter.  We are merely stewards He entrusts with it.  Why does it matter?  This truth really is the center of the reality guys: “the place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being”.  Where is your treasure?  Scripture tells us to “store up treasures in heaven” because that is what matters to God.  We need to let God deal with the details and focus on serving Him.  Scripture tells us that “the Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself”.  But God won’t hand over the keys unless we are good stewards of what He has already given us.  If we want to experience more of God’s blessings, we need to be very diligent in taking care of what He has already given us.  That doesn’t mean hoarding things for ourselves, but using that which He has given us to invest for the kingdom.  How are you investing in the kingdom today?  Where is your treasure?  Those things are key for us to consider and act upon. Life is not defined by what we have but rather what we do with what we have.

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