15 And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of [a]covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
Today’s Inspiration: A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possession. Luke 12:15. God alone is the source of life. Ģod alone controls life. The rich man prefers wealth than to obey His call. Jesus warns that in a moment the bubble will burst and considers him a fool. This very night his life will be demanded from him.
Jesus gives a message that we are not in control of our life. God owns life. He releases us to this earth and He can call back anytime. Our money is what God loans to us for our use on earth. Like the banks, He can call back the loans anytime if we do not use wisely or rob Him.
We have no power over the future. King Solomon says you have to leave your wealth behind when God calls you home. Ecclesiastes 2:18-19. We need to be rich towards God.
To obey the call is to trust God completely. Financial questions loom large when He calls as we can see in the parable of the foolish rich man who keeps clambouring for more wealth and refuse the call. How many non-Christians turn away after knowing the cost of discipleship. The disciples too were concerned and asked Jesus the question as to the benefits of leaving their vocation and follow Him. Many times our head assures us that He will but our heart is not certain.
An anxious heart always weighs a man down. Proverbs 12:25. Physically this is so. People get ulcers not so much as what they eat as from what eats them. Anxiety steals emotional peace and removes spiritual assurance. Anxiety robs us of our trust in God.
Worry is the product of an inadequate understanding of our Father. He is the One who knows and cares and acts. He knows our needs even before we ask. Matthew 6:8. The way we look at God determines the way we look at life. This will determine what we worry about. Our greatest need is to worry about the right thing. Seek His kingdom and His righteousness. Matthew 6:33. Worry is natural but Jesus’ implication is that we should replace secondary concerns with the primary concerns. Only the Kingdom is worthy of our ultimate concern.