An epiphany of sorts…
A startling effect…
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” and following. The custom was for a Rabbi to do this sort of thing…and here the person is asking for an advocate, rather than an arbitrator.
Greed is one of the greatest obstacles to growing spiritual growth. Do you ever feel your just a pawn? Does land own us? Do things own us more than the other way around? Life is not about owning things?
If life is not defined by what we own than what is our life defined by?
“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. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ‘
The man believes in no uncertain terms that what he ‘has’ is his alone.
If he has everything? What is there to live for? If life is more about something else than mere possessions what else has this man to live for?
Everything is Gods weather I want to recognize it or not. I can either be a humble manager, or a selfish, self-centered thief, squandering what I was gifted. We are given to to revive glory to God, even down to our possessions.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them.”
Worry comes from the idea of strangle, a dog tearing the neck of another animal?
We live in a world built on anxiety… But this not how we’re supposed to live. We were meant for something completely different.
“Sell your possessions and give to the poor.”
The focus here is that we should live in a way that remains unattached to possessions. Am I the thing owned?
Possessions in and of themselves are not bad… Poor management of them is.
Do we want to be really rich?
Do we really want to be free or do we want to be owned by anxiety?
Jesus points is even further toward how we need to refocus our understanding in the next few parables. If we know how things are to be in the future, shouldn’t that change or at least motivate us to change? Change even now?
What we are attached to now should be congruent to what we were meant for in the beginning and what were meant for in the future. In the beginning was shalom. In the future there will be shalom. What posture do we place ourselves in? One that brings, is about and brings even our possessions under the kingship of God, to participate in the restoration of shalom.
Are we driving a huge car full of possessions toward a cliff and a deep canyon… And a dead end?
How can we be such horrible caretakers of what we’ve been given?
We must respond. But how do we?
…we can change
…we can offer embarrassing excuses
…admit it doesn’t matter to us
What choice will we make?