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Greed And Hoarding

Luke 12:13-21 (NIV)

The Parable of the Rich Fool
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.”

Greed.  In the Parable of the Rich Fool, Jesus warns against it.

“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” – Luke 12:15 (NIV)

Paul said in 1 Timothy 6:10 (NIV):

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Notice that Paul does not say that money is the root of all evil.  He says that the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.  Kyle Idleman, in his book Not A Fan, says about the rich young ruler that the problem wasn’t that he had money, but that money had him.  It is far too easy to become possessed by our possessions.  To be worried about our things instead of focusing on our faith.  Our Heavenly Father knows what we need. He will provide for us when we trust Him.  We must seek first those things that are most important – His Kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33) and He will bless us with all that we need.  Jesus is telling us today, “Don’t worry.  Don’t hoard.  Don’t store up the things of this life.  They are only temporary!”  Let us seek the things of God for then we will truly find blessings and riches beyond our wildest dreams.
PRAYER: Father, help me to focus less on material things and more on the eternal things. Help me to know that You hold all things together. I don’t want to be greedy. Instead, I want to be thankful. Thank You for all that You have provided for me. You are faithful. Amen.
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