Then Jesus said, beware! guard against every kind of greed. life is not measured by how much you own – Luke 12: 14-15
The Parable of the rich fool found in Luke 12:13-21 is an example and a classic lesson in greedy wealth accumulation (covetousness). Jesus told the Parable of the Rich Fool who was materially blessed by God and his land produced abundance. As God continued to bless the man, his interest was to keep accumulating and enjoying himself, instead of using his increase to further the will of God. So, the man builds larger barns in place of the existing ones and starts planning an early retirement. Unfortunately for him, this was his last night on planet earth.
Most of us are sitting comfortably on this table, God has given us all we need to be comfortable, but we keep yearning for more. we fail to appreciate His effort, we overlook God’s will for our lives and just carry on our ungrateful attitudes, forgetting there are consequences.
The bible tells us that “The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that that poverty awaits them” – Proverbs 28:22. This says it all, the moment we start hoarding our wealth, talents, wisdom, whatever it is that God has given us to share to bring glory to his name; all will be taken away from us.
We are not blessed by God to hoard our wealth to ourselves. Our blessings become meaningful if others will be positively impacted. The Bible also says if our riches increase, we are not to set our hearts upon them – Psalm 62:10.
As we end this lenten journey, and we begin to reap the seeds sown during the lenten period, it is important we share, to use these gifts to glorify God’s name.
Remember, We are blessed by God, so we can in turn be a blessing in the lives of others.
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