July 27, 2022
13 And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.
14 And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?
15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
These verses remind me of another verse – Seek ye first the kingdom of God (Matt 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.) Each Sunday, as the offering of tithes is blessed on the altar, we say “… and of thine own hath we given thee.” We give back to God that which He most graciously has given us.
All the ‘stuff’ we have is exactly that – stuff. We can live without much of the stuff. But we cannot live without God; at least not a true, authentic life. Isn’t it better to leave to your posterity your love of God and how to worship Him than a bank balance?