Malcolm Forbes is attributed with saying, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” At the age of 70, he died. At that point, if he did indeed make that statement, he realized that having toys at the end of one’s life is not winning.
The rich man in Jesus’ story also found out that the accumulation of wealth is not winning even though when he died, he left so much wealth.
So, exactly how much did he leave?
ALL OF IT!
Jesus explained that there is no point in worrying about the food, the clothes, the things that are left after the last curtain call. It isn’t necessary to be anxious about any of it, because when we trust in God, it is His good pleasure to give it to us.
Trusting God is not temporary; it’s eternal.
“Then Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’” Luke 12:22-34
So, here’s the question: Where is your heart?