Then [Jesus] said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” Luke 12:15
We are told the things of this earth don’t last and if we stop and look, we can easily see that is true. Museums filled with artifacts of ancient and gone civilizations, governments continue to struggle to find answers to the eternal questions of poverty and war, financial markets rise and fall beyond our control. We’ve all heard the warnings about focusing on treasures of earth and yet, we persist in looking for security in earthly terms.
We spend six days a week seeking worldly accumulations and then one day for heavenly direction. We buy stronger locks, newer phones and work for bigger bank accounts, while giving marginal thoughts to eternity. We miss the joy and serenity of learning to trust in the eternal God.
Our focus on here and now leaves too little time for the there and then.
In Luke 12, Jesus tells the parable of the rich fool. It is a reminder we all need at times. What seems so important today is fleeting. Spend some time this week with this parable, Luke12:13-21. Listen for the voice that assures, reassures and convicts. We need to search our priorities and see if we’ve drifted from a focus on God. Let us make changes now, before we are the ones hearing: ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’(Luke 15:20)