Summary: This is part of a series of very brief messages that can be used in church newsletters for stewardship.
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.’ 14But he said to him, ‘Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?’ 15And he said to them, ‘Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.’ 16Then he told them a parable: ‘The land of a rich man produced abundantly. 17And he thought to himself, “What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?” 18Then he said, “I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” 20But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” 21So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich towards God.’ (Luke 12:13-21; NRSV)
In Jesus’ parable, a man that society would typically laud as an agricultural genius was labeled by God as a fool. Why? Because the man’s focus was inward toward himself instead of upward toward God.
As we move through this year, please remember our stewardship commitment of giving our resources and ourselves to Christ. For as taught by this text – God sends His blessings to us, so that others may be blessed through us.