A Disciple’s Values

- 8/4/2019

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Luke 12:13-32

“Be on guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.”

There can really be no doubt about it. Jesus did not see wealth as a reward for righteousness, or a sign of success. Quite the contrary. He saw it as a hindrance to loving God and loving our neighbors as ourselves, and a stumbling block for those seeking eternal life. I think Jesus makes his primary point at the end of the parable about the rich man. After God replies to the man, "You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, where will they be?" Jesus concludes the parable by saying, "So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God."

It seems to me that Jesus is not saying an overabundance of possessions is bad in itself. He’s saying that if we aren't careful, we can end up "spending" our entire lives taking care of them and our material needs instead of "spending" our resources (including time) on pursuing a relationship with God, who is the source of our lives and the one who holds the key to abundant living.

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