WHAT REALLY MATTERS?
Luk 12:16 He then told them a parable: “The land of a certain rich man produced an abundant crop,
Luk 12:17 so he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, because I have nowhere to store my crops?’
Luk 12:18 Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.
Luk 12:19 And I will say to myself, “You have plenty of goods stored up for many years; relax, eat, drink, celebrate!”‘
Luk 12:20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul will be demanded back from you, but what will the things you have prepared be then?’
Luk 12:21 That is how it is with the one who stores up riches for himself, but is not rich toward God.”
one last heartbeat
The man was rich, resourceful, productive, and successful. He had made a plan that would provide for his needs and (presumably) those of his family. He would have been praised by the popular culture of his day, and ours. But in just one moment – one last heartbeat – he was going to lose all that he had ever gained.
A person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God. This is the moral of the story. Jesus tells his disciples and the others who have ears to hear “don’t waste your life just collecting stuff. Bigger barns are not the answer.” So, what is the answer? The answer is a rich relationship with God.
LORD, show us how to invest in our relationship with you.