Thursday 9 August, 2012

Luke 12:13-21

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 those who store up things for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

“Jesus, order my brother to give me my fair share” – I can hear the whine in this man's voice….  In a family, it's a common issue with kids… But unfortunately – as Jesus experienced, it is a common issue with adults too. We may use words like fairness and equality but it often stems from a desire for more. Jesus response to this man was to turn to the crowd following Him and to caution them strongly.  The Message version says:“Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot.” <

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To make sure they get the message He tells them a sobering story. The message is as relevant and sobering today as it was when Jesus told it.

Eugene Peterson in the Message version closes the story this way

21″That's what happens when you fill your barn with Self and not with God.”

The question is… What am I stockpiling?

Is my barn full of self… Self-reliance, self-confidence, self-competence, self-trust?

God help me fill my barn with… God-reliance, God-confidence, God-competence, God-trust.

Written by Ps. Linda Quinn

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