TODAY’S MEDITATION – What you already possess in Christ is far more than what you see around you (Luke 12:13-21 )

Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you had all the money in the world ? The fact is that this parable begins with two people arguing over an inheritance : one of them is not very happy with what he is supposed to receive ; so, they go to Jesus so that He could make a ruling for them. My brother, my sister, isn’t it what you sometimes do you want to deal with earthly problems? You seek Jesus for that. Now, look at His answer: “who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” (verse 14). Yet, Jesus refuses to get involved in this debate as its purpose is only to get Him to satisfy the greed of one of the two brothers. Remember that the Bible says we do not receive because we ask with wrong motives ! The reasons for this request are simple: without doubt, the younger brother was not happy that his eldest brother would receive a double portion of the inheritance, according to the common practice of the time! But, the most important thing to remember is that Jesus just got right to the heart of the matter by telling them this parable to show that rich fool’s mistake lies in the fact that he has shut out everyone else from his life and his thoughts: he is so selfish that he is only preoccupied with his possessions, and though he has no more space to keep it, even the thought of giving to people in need never crosses his mind. And as this man is still planning for his early retirement, God intervenes: “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?” (verse 20). My friend, the Bible always opposes the foolish person to the person who exercises the very wisdom of God. In Scripture, the word fool also refers to those people who live their lives as if God does not exist. Jesus is simply showing us that wealth and possessions offer us a great temptation to put our faith and trust in them rather than in God. You see, the problem with this man is that he calculated his entire life without including God in the equation. Now everything begins and ends with God. Therefore, as Christians, what makes us different from unbelievers is not having huge savings accounts ; it is the fact that our salvation comes for the God who died on the cross because He loves us. Indeed, the rich man is not criticised for storing up his treasures on earth, but for doing it without being “rich towards God” (verse 21). My friend, this parable should open your eyes to find that, as a Christian, your life is much more than what you see around you, more than you can count in your bank account, because what you have in Christ is actually well beyond anything you can imagine. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name. [retweet] [facebook]