Luke 12:13-34 NIV
Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”  Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?”  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.”  And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest.  He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’  “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.  And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ‘  “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?’  “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”  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.
1. The Danger of Too Much
Deuteronomy 21:17 NIV
He must acknowledge the son of his unloved wife as the firstborn by giving him a double share of all he has. That son is the first sign of his father’s strength. The right of the firstborn belongs to him.
The firstborn used to get half of the inheritance.
Luke 12:15 NIV
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.”
I don’t think Jesus is just talking about financial greed. We can be greedy for time, peace, pleasure, recognition, status etc
The man had a conversation with himself. If we start to go after things that don’t matter we will most likely end up fooling ourselves. The man in this parable also had a temporary perspective.
Do I plan more for my earthly retirement than my heavenly retirement?
2. The Danger of not Having Enough
a) Worry (Luke 13:22-26)
Worrying has the potential to kill my soul. The more I waste time thinking about it, the worse it gets.
Mark 4:18-19 NIV
Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word;  but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.
Worry and greed cause a slow death (choking).
b) Faithless (Luke 12:27-28)
Luke 17:6 NIV
He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.
I need a tiny little bit of faith all the sudden life is rich again.
Luke 12:29-31 NIV
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.
Luke 12:31 NIV
But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
If I put the kingdom before these things, God will take care of me. Maybe I have too little because I want too much.
3. Just Right
Luke 12:32-33 NIV
“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.
Give away “the too much” to make sure you don’t get fooled.
John Wesley: Save all you can so that you can give away all you can. Always lived on the minimum and gave away his pay raises. How can I WANT more if there are so many NEEDS around me.
Am I the best version I can be. Am I settling for little so that I don’t have to give away and sacrifice more?
Luke 12:34 NIV
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
What is my life compared to eternity?
2 Corinthians 8:9 NIV
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
Jesus had no place to lay his head yet no head slept better than Jesus’.
Questions for your own review and Bible study
- What is your life truly about? Do your actions reflect this or something different?
- What are we saving more for, our retirement or our eternity? What would it look like on a practical day-to-day basis to save more for our eternity vs retirement?
- Why does Jesus challenge us to not worry?
- What are the main things that you worry about in life? How can you combat this?
- What does it mean to seek the kingdom first? Where do you need to seek the Kingdom first? Where do we as a family group need to seek the kingdom first?
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