What Jesus Did! 'True Wealth!' — Luke 12:16-21

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Then Jesus used this story: "There was a rich man that had some land. His land grew a very good crop of food. The rich man thought to himself, 'What will I do? I have no place to keep all my crops.' Then the rich man said, 'I know what I will do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger barns! I will put all my wheat and good things together in my new barns. Then I can say to myself, I have many good things stored. I have saved enough for many years. Rest, eat, drink, and enjoy life!' But God said to that man, 'Foolish man! Tonight you will die. So what about the things you prepared for yourself? Who will get those things now?' This is how it will be for the person that saves things only for himself. To God that person is not rich."
— Luke 12:16-21 NLT
Illustration of Luke 12:16-21 NLT — "There was a rich man that had some land."

Key Thought

When we are blessed financially, we can easily become arrogant and think that we are blessed because we are smarter, better, or just work harder than anyone else. While many of us with computers can see how we have been financially blessed because of our Christian values, we must remember that many Christians in the world today live in very impoverished conditions. Those of us who are blessed with financial wealth—and God's definition of wealth is anyone who has more than food, clothes, and a place to sleep—have been blessed to be a blessing. This principle goes back to God's call of Abraham and is reiterated by Paul to the Corinthians. Our financial blessings are simply God's way of entrusting us with his money to do his work! We are blessed to be a blessing—not to hoard, gloat, or become self-satisfied.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for all of my blessings. Help me have the wisdom to use them in ways that honor you, bless others, and bring you joy. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Genesis 12:1-3
  • 2 Corinthians 8:1-5
  • 2 Corinthians 9:6-10

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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