“Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”- Luke 12:15
16 And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive.”
17 “And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’”
18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.’
19 ‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”’”
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’”
21 “So is the man who stores up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
22 And He said to His disciples, “For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on.”
23 “For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.”
The Great Unconformity refers to a gap in the geologic record of rock all over the world. The Grand Canyon contains some of the best exposure of this gap in the rock layers or strata. An unconformity is a surface in the rock record, in the stratigraphic column, representing a time from which no rocks are preserved.
According to evolutionary time reckoning, this gap represents a long time span of 250 to 1200 million years. In the Grand Canyon. it divides rocks with familiar fossils from those with no fossils or only fossil bacteria. Why does this gap exist? How did it occur? There are many theories, but they are all nothing but educated guesswork. Without human observers or a written record, it is hard enough to explain why something is present. It is far harder to explain why something is absent. But the gap exists. For creationists, the global flood of Noah provides a possible explanation.
The life and teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ are revolutionary. His teachings and principles exposed a tremendous gap that exists between what people should aspire to and seek to be and what they actually are. People should be rich toward God. But instead they seek to be rich in the things that this world provides. They remain destitute, poverty stricken indigents toward God.
The Lord Jesus Christ, the nonconformist, exposed the Great Unconformity of Greed Unlimited.
This passage does not prohibit wealth. Rather it reveals the Great Unconformity lurking within us all.
It is ironically tragic that in pursuing to provide satisfactorily for our own earthly needs, we become fools in the things that matter for eternity. The Lord Jesus Christ warns of the dangerous eternal implications of wealth. Wealth can create a seductive tendency toward complacency, self-sufficiency, and covetousness. Though the rich fool anticipates years of ease – a time to eat, drink, be merry – instead, an eternal destiny apart from the Father is about to begin that night.
REFLECT & PRAY
Poverty and the poor will always be with us. But so will the rich. The real tragedy is to be rich in the things of this world yet poor, destitute in the things of the Father
Father encourage me to honor You with my life to make my number one priority to be rich in You.
The wealthy farmer had success, satisfaction, and security. He indeed had personal peace and affluency. What more could he want?
Alas, he was a rich fool. The rich farmer had the “I’s” of a fool. In Luke 12:17-19, the word “my” is repeated four times while the term “I” occurs 6 times in English, 8 times in the Greek. For him, it was all about me. The rich man’s ability to see beyond the now, the things that had eternal value, was catastrophically impaired. He never saw beyond himself nor beyond this present world.
Mark Twain defined civilization as “a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.”
The Greek word translated greed is pleonexia. It comes from pleíon – more, and echo – to have. It is translated as greed, avarice, covetousness. It can be simply defined as the desire to have more.
Luke 12:15 “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”
This rich farmer had a false view of life and death. The Lord Jesus Christ and an entirely different perspective. He did not see the farmer enjoying life; He saw him facing death!
Riches are not able to keep us alive when our time comes to die. Nor can they buy back the opportunities we missed while we were thinking of ourselves and ignoring the Father and others. Greed Unlimited and the pursuit of wealth choke the Word of God out of our lives and render it mute (Matthew 13:22). We lose our hunger for it and do not pursue it.
The greatest tragedy for him, is not what he left behind, but what lay in front of him, eternity without the Father. The man lived his life without knowing the Father, died without God, and will be in eternity without God.
What does it mean to be rich toward God? It begins with salvation and our entrance into a relationship with the Father. The closer and more intimate we grow in our relationship with Him, the richer we become in the things of temporal and eternal value.
Solomon personifies wisdom and commends developing a deep relationship with it.
17 “I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.
18 “Riches and honor are with me, Enduring wealth and righteousness.
19 “My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold, And my yield better than choicest silver.
The Lord Jesus Christ challenges us to recognize our propensity toward personal peace and affluency (Francis Schaeffer). We need to do a serious self-examination of our values and priorities. Are we driven by greed, consumerism, unethical living, materialistic values, and the need to accumulate?
True satisfaction in life flows out of fulfilling the purpose for which we were created, to enjoy an intimate relationship with the Father. As a substitute for the Father, acquiring material excess only makes the heart feel more hollow (Stanley).