TEXT: LUKE 12:13-21.
🔑KEY VERSE “However God stated unto him, Thou idiot, this night time thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall these issues be, which thou hast offered?” (LUKE 12:20).

There’s a mad rush on the earth to accumulate wealth, with the useless hope that the extra riches one amasses, the happier one turns into. Whereas materials wealth can convey a measure of consolation and provides immense pleasure, it can not assure anybody’s success in life. And worse nonetheless, the superficial satisfaction it affords can develop into an obstacle to getting ready for all times after demise.

That is the message our Lord Jesus Christ conveyed when somebody requested Him to adjudicate in a dispute along with his brother over inheritance. Whereas dismissing the person’s request, He used the chance to underscore the correct angle in direction of the buildup of wealth. He warned the person to protect in opposition to greed and covetousness. He illustrated this with the parable of the wealthy man who prospered enormously in his enterprise. He had taken plentiful harvest and was all of the sudden consumed by the need to amass extra wealth.

As he wandered inside himself tips on how to obtain this feat, he got here to the conclusion that he must enlarge his storehouse to accommodate extra items. He thought this is able to convey him a lifetime of ease and merriment. And simply when he thought he had all of it labored out, God got here to him that night time and demanded for his soul. It was clearly silly of him to undergo a lot bother to maintain his consolation on earth with out sparing a thought for the afterlife.

As a believer, you shouldn’t be part of the madding crowd that accumulates wealth for its personal sake. If God has blessed you with riches, it’s best to set up a flourishing relationship with Him; then use your wealth to help different individuals. That is tips on how to lay your treasure in heaven.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Planning for all times earlier than demise is knowledge however neglecting life after demise is disastrous.

BIBLE IN A YEAR: JUDGES 11-13.

MEDITATION

An instance of foolishness

  1. The covetous and the careless
    a. His brother didn’t wish to share a joint inheritance along with his brother- covetousness v13.
    b. His thoughts was preoccupied with earthly possessions when Jesus was chatting with them about critical matter of the everlasting kingdom in vv1-12 – carelessness vv14-15.
  2. The complete and the silly vv16-21.
    a. He thought fruitfulness and wealth had been solely attributable to his handwork and knowledge/smartness vv17,18,21, Deuteronomy 8:18.
    b. He didn’t know that the motivation and goal of wealth isn’t accumulation however sharing v18, I Timothy 6:17,18.
    c. He was blinded to the truth that demise can come at anytime. Eternity was not in his view. He by no means ready for it vv19,20.
    Q What different foolishness may you observe on this wealthy man?
    Hope you aren’t responsible of the identical?
  3. Knowledge for the smart
    a. God didn’t demand any seen possession from him together with his wealth, property, physique, relations, and so on from him. God doesn’t want them. They’re only for earthly conveniences and never everlasting v20. Paul referred to as them “dung” Phillipians 3:8.
    b. God required treasured invisible issues from him that are everlasting – his soul and his coronary heart v20.
    c. God remains to be asking for a similar: “My son, give me your coronary heart” Proverbs 23:26.
    d. What he refused to provide willingly was ultimately taken from him by the Proprietor-Creator with out his consent vv20,21. He’s nonetheless doing the identical right this moment.
    Q Is there something you might be withholding from God? Be smart now earlier than it’s too late.
    Pray that God will wash each type of covetousness out of your coronary heart by the blood of Jesus
    Ask for particular grace in order that everlasting issues shall be main in your coronary heart
    Ask God to crush each type of foolishness out of your thoughts and coronary heart and make you actually smart
    Pray that God will give his kids the understanding and knowledge that may give up all to Jesus with out hesitation

HYMN All to Jesus I give up

1
All to Jesus I give up,
All to Him I freely give;
I’ll ever love and belief Him,
In His presence every day reside.
Refrain
I give up all,
I give up all.
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I give up all.
2
All to Jesus I give up,
Humbly at His ft I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken;
Take me, Jesus, take me now.
3
All to Jesus I give up,
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me really feel Thy Holy Spirit,
Really know that Thou artwork mine.
4
All to Jesus I give up,
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and energy,
Let Thy blessing fall on me.
5
All to Jesus I give up,
Now I really feel the sacred flame.
Oh, the enjoyment of full salvation!
Glory, glory to His title!