It’s amazing how we have the mindset that life consists of the possessions we have. People struggle to amass more and more, an unending desire. It’s always one more thing.
In 1 Timothy 6:6 Paul says, “Godliness with contentment, that’s really being rich”. Many folks amass so many things, but they still can’t rest. In Luke, Chapter 12, Jesus was addressing the crowd concerning covetousness, when some guy came up and asked Him to make his brother share his “stuff” with him.
Jesus answered him with a question. He said “Dude, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?” Then, He spoke to everyone, telling them “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
Jesus spoke to the crowd, when he addressed covetousness. He then turned and spoke directly to the disciples. He tells them a parable to illustrate this truth.
And He spoke a parable unto them, saying, “The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, `What shall I do, because I have no room to store my fruits?’ And he said, `This will I do. I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there will I store all my fruits and my goods. 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.’
Here is a rich guy, with full barns, and a bumper crop. He is perplexed as to what he should do, because he has so many things. A man’s life doesn’t consist in the abundance of things he has, and this guy got to the point that he had so much, that he didn’t have room to store any more. He pondered whether he should tear down his barns and build bigger barns. Then, he could fill the new barns with more stuff. This guy has plenty, but he is still not satisfied. He figures he can do this one more thing, tear down the old barns and build bigger ones to store more stuff, and then he will have made it.
Human nature is a funny thing. We are never fully satisfied. We always want just one more thing, to take one more step. And, after each new thing, or new step, we find that we are still empty, and we look to go one more step or buy one more thing. We never arrive. Happiness is always just out of reach, just down the road.
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?’
Who is going to inherit all the things that you have amassed? Solomon amassed all of his wealth, more cattle than anybody who ever lived before, and silver as common as rocks in Jerusalem. He had everything, and he began to worry. He thought about leaving it to his son, who was not the sharpest knife in the drawer, and he worried about how his son had no sense and didn’t understand the value of things. He worried that his spendthrift son was going to waste all that he had used such great wisdom and hard work to gather.
There was a woman, named Hattie Green, who amassed a fortune and died the richest woman in the world. She boarded her house up, except for one room, in an effort to save on fuel. She finally closed up her house entirely and moved to a flop house, for $12.00 per week, room and board. When she bought a newspaper, she would read it, then fold it and give it to her son to take to Central Park and resell it to get her $ .05 back. When her son was out selling the paper, he slipped on some ice and cut himself. She took him to the free clinic in New York, where the doctor recognized her and wanted to charge her for the visit. She got so angry, that she took her son away. Blood poisoning set in, and they finally had to amputate his leg. She died, and her sister had committed suicide, so the son inherited her fortune. Within two years, it was all gone.
In the parable, God told the rich man “Tonight you are going to die. Who then will possess all that you have gathered?”
So is he that lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
It doesn’t matter how many cars, houses, clothes, shoes, money or other possessions a person gathers, while on this earth, because that person is NOT rich toward God. After Jesus finished the parable, he turned to his disciples.
And He said unto His disciples, “Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap, they neither have storehouse nor barn, and God feeds them. How much more are ye better than the fowls?
We need to look around at God’s creation and learn from it. God takes care of His creation. No other creature on earth goes through all the pain and labor of laying up goods than the birds. God feeds them. Aren’t you worth more to your Father than are the birds? If you have gathered up possessions, to the point that your closets are overflowing, instead of adding to the clutter, think about downsizing.
Help someone who doesn’t have all they need. Begin to store up treasures in Heaven, and make someone smile by providing something they need, not something they just want.
Think about it. God bless you.
Just my thoughts!
Don D. Stephens