Luke 12:21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
Luke 12:16-21 tells a story that is very familiar to most of us! A man has a bumper crop. The best that he has ever had. When he hears how well it has gone he is super excited. He instructs his workers to tear down his current barns and to build much larger barns. He instructs them to pack away all that he has.
He is excited because his life is now made. He will live out the rest of his years in luxury and comfort. He will have an effortless life. He will be on perpetual vacation now. Retirement time has come. The American dream has been realized. He is living a dream. He is rich!
I honestly believe that very few Americans can read this story without missing the point. It seems hard to fathom why God would call for his soul that very night. I think maybe many would say that the moral of the story is that you can never be sure of life. They might think that in the moment you least suspect it life could be over.
The story seems oh so unfair. After all this story sums up what the majority of us are living for. Why would God give it to him to just take it away.
The real point of the story is found in the verse that is our text for this devotional. It wasnâ€™t that he was rich. That was fine. There was nothing wrong with a great harvest. After all God sent him the rich harvest.
Then what was the problem? The man thought that the blessing of God were for him to enjoy. He thought that life was about him. He thought that if he got a bunch he could relax and enjoy life.
But then God calls him home and tells us. This is what happens to a man that thinks that what God gives him is for himself and selfish reasons.
Life is now over and he has lost all that he ever lived for. Who will be the owner of his “stuff” now? Had he had a spiritual mindset he might of thought of the work of God and how he could honor God with what he had. The point of the story is that we are to use what God gives us for His honor and glory. He should have been rich towards God and not thought about being rich towards himself.
Now the very personal application. Have you ever thought that God didn’t give you all that you have for you to enjoy? How often do you ask the Lord what He wants you to do with what He has given you? When was the last time you sat down with your checkbook in hand and asked Him in prayer to tell you what to do?
Did you ever think that all you have is a lot of responsibility before God? You could be used to make a difference in your local church. You could make a difference around the world through missions.
I read of men of old who nearly supported a missionary by themselves. I read of men who paid the pastor’s salary by themselves. I read of men who paid for half of a 5000 seat auditorium.
Yet today most of us have better uses for our money. We need more toys and more fun. We have little time or use for the things of God!