A toxic untruth of our culture: “The purpose of life is to self-satisfy. Get whatever you can. This is all there is and tomorrow you die.” Jesus told the story of a rich man who did just that: he stored up his wealth, indulged himself, then dropped dead, having accumulated plenty of riches but none of the things that would make him rich toward God. If God calls us to become “rich toward” Him, how do we do that? The Scriptures say: by investing our lives in serving others, feeding the hungry, helping the poor, encouraging the sick and broken-hearted. Sacrificing “me” time for “we” time builds barns of blessing in Heaven. The world says, “You can’t take it with you so enjoy yourself now.” God says: you CAN take with you the acts of service and love done for Christ in this life. Aim for barns of blessings in Heaven, rather than perishable riches on earth.
Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” 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 whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
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