Luke 12:16-21 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ‘”But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?” “This is how it will be with those who store up things for themselves but are not rich toward God.”
Response: This world defines identity by having material things, and accomplishments, by attaining more possessions. Everyday actions are defined by created treasures. However, that’s not what our God says. What are goods for when it’s not used and goes to waste? Why have things when it just fills up even more of our lives choking us out from our real purpose as followers of God? Ultimately, our time in this world is not up to us to determine. All the treasures (reputation, achievements, possessions, wealth) that we try to gather, preserve and store up in this life will in the end amount to nothing, so be rich towards God – fill your life with God! Let’s respond with our daily lives by going after the lofty things that are eternal. Let us allow the things of heaven define our actions for as long as we are alive.