Guard against greed (Luke 12:13-21)

by Chris Ekins on Sun 28 Oct, 12



The Aussie dream is basically to enjoy a long and happy life. If you work hard and earn enough money you can live the lifestyle you want, and then you can spend the kids inheritance on a long and enjoyable retirement (travelling, kicking back, eating good food, drinking nice wine and indulging your hobbies). But Jesus says "If you think that's what life's about, you're a fool."
So what's 'foolish' about living the good life? And what does Jesus say is the wiser way to go?

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 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.” 16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “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. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20 “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?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

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