November 27, 2017
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’
Thanks – giving
It is a time for being thankful for what the Lord has allowed us to use on a daily basis; and it is a time of giving. Thanksgiving says it all in just its name. Every day I see more and more people in need and less and less people willing to help. How about you? Have you really taken a good look at all the Lord has given you? Look around your home; look in your garage; notice as you drive to work or start your day.
What will happen to your ‘stuff’ when you die? Have you ever really thought about it? The baseball card collection? Your clothes? Tools? Books? Cars? Ski Boots? Will your ‘things’ be what your family treasures about you or will they be tossed away? I have attended the death-bed of many people and not once has anyone whispered in the minutes before leaving earth, “Oh I wish I had stored up more belongings!”
Jesus told a parable about a very rich man who had stored up so much food that he had to tear down his barns and build bigger ones just to manage it all. God calls him a fool. A fool! There are not many times in the Bible that we hear God call someone a fool. This scripture makes me sit up and take note. I do not want God to call me a fool; do you?
There are items in our garages, in our closets, in our pantries, in our freezers that can be a blessing to other people. We tend to hoard our things as if they will benefit us later. God calls us to help one another. Think about it; there are cold people living on the streets, and some of us have more coats in our closets than we could wear in three seasons.
Think about sharing some things you do not use by blessing others with it. Now more than ever, we have to become people aware of one another. We have to put aside our selfish, individualistic natures and start thinking about the community of God’s Kingdom. That may mean we need to view stuff and others differently.