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Luke 12:16-21 (ESV)
16 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
Pensions are great. Savings accounts are good. We should think about the future. But life is not about hoarding more for ourselves. If God is at the center of our lives then we don’t need anything but his love and provision. If we trust that God really does give us all we need then we can share our possessions with one another. But when we worship comfort and safety we lose sight of God. We act as if we know when we will die, or as if we will never die like the man in this parable. Instead, God asks us to trust in him while thinking of the needs of others. How might you share the blessings and resources you have with your family, friends, neighbors, and even enemies? Pray that God would move you further away from seeking more stuff, pleasure and wealth towards a heart of generosity and hospitality.