How important is the stuff we treasure? How precious really are the things we hold onto? People were also concerned over those things during Jesus’ time.
“Someone in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.’ Jesus replied, ‘Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?’ 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.’” Luke 12:13-15
A man came to Jesus with a complaint about the inheritance.
Seems fair, it was, after all, an inheritance.
What did Jesus do about it?
“And he told them this parable: ‘The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, “What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.” 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. And I’ll say to myself, ‘You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ ‘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?” This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.’”
The man had so many crops he had no place to put them. Big problem, huge worry, but then he thought, well, bigger barns. Yes, he would simply build bigger barns. This was the answer to his abundance and instantly, problem solved. He dusted off his hands and sat back in his easy chair. Funny, it never occurred to him that he could share his wealth, but never mind, he was in a party mood. That night the man was ecstatic. He could now eat, drink, be merry, and just enjoy the rest of his life.
The rest of his life…indeed!
His revelry was interrupted by God. “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you.”
The curtain went down and all the things stayed. The crops, the nice clothes, the bigger barns were all left behind when he went to meet his Maker. Someone else would enjoy all of it. This rich man had traded the eternal for the temporal.
Wrong choice, really wrong choice!