Luke 12:15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
At this point in Luke, Christ is speaking to a large crowd. He has called out hypocrisy, reminded people of how big God really is, and the power of the Holy Spirit.
And then this….
This man comes up and wants Christ…the Son of God…to settle an argument over an inheritance! I am just completely flabbergasted at this. I mean, HELLO!!!! Before him stands The One that gives His life so you may have an inheritance incorruptible, and this guy is worried about some measly treasure on earth.
Part of me has always chuckled over Christ’s first response, “Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?” I can picture Jesus wrinkling his eyebrows, frowning, and throwing His hands up as if to say, “Are you kidding me?”
But then the second part always makes me stop and evaluate.
v. 15 “And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the
things which he possesseth.”
Then verse 23 says, “The life is more than meat, and the body is more than rainment.”
Life is not in the toiling for the accumulation of treasures on earth. It is not in the caring for the treasures you have acquired. In the end, after you die, they will not be yours anyway.
Life is more than what we eat, or what we wear…even if it is sirloin steaks every night, and Prada shoes.
So instead of laying up treasures here on earth, why not “be rich toward God” (v. 21)
Because the truth is, God takes care of us. The one who dresses the lilies in the valley, takes much better care of us than we can take care of ourselves.
And maybe most importantly, if we are busy toiling for the abundance of possessions here on earth, we will not be ready when our master returns (v.36). Our hearts and arms will be too full of the things of this world to take a hold of heavenly treasures.
Life is in serving God.
Life is in letting go of this world and taking up a cross.
Life is in Jesus Christ alone.
Hi! My name is Rachael and I am a child of God. I was saved from sin and all its bondage at the age of 21. I am married to an incredible man. He constantly challenges me to grow closer to my Saviour. We have three beautiful children that love the Lord. Currently, our family is preparing to go to Thailand as missionaries.