“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
From where we sit this man had done everything right.
He had built a successful business, he had good investments. So he decided to relax a bit, take life easy, eat, drink and be merry.
It only makes sense, when you’ve worked hard all your life and planned out your finances carefully, you should be able to look forward to a carefree retirement. Honestly, one would have thought that the rich man in Jesus’ parable would have been commended for his wise planning.
But instead, God called him a fool!
Not because he was rich or because he was planning a party. He called him foolish because he had missed the most important thing in life. He was not rich in the things of God. In all his planning and hard work he had left God out of the picture. He had stored up treasures on earth without storing anything in heaven. And when his life came to an end, he stood before the Lord empty-handed.
That, says Jesus, is what happens to anyone who lives without paying attention to the Lord and His kingdom. God has no problem with physical wealth, but in all our accumulating, we must ask ourselves these questions, “How am I living my life? Am I investing in God’s kingdom?”
Dear God, help me to take a good look at my life, and give me the wisdom to invest in Your kingdom. Amen