Foolish Wealth

Foolish Wealth

12 January 2011

Today’s Reading: Genesis 29-30; Luke 12


15 Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own…” 21 “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.” (Luke 12:15, 21 NLT)

Jesus was at the peak of his popularity and the crowds numbered in the thousands! A man called out from the crowd and asked Jesus to take his side in a family financial squabble. Jesus’ reply directed the man towards eternal values instead of material greed. Then Jesus taught about true values – eternal values, and about being generous with what we have and trusting God for what we need.

Two truths stood out to me from these words of Jesus: 1) My true wealth is not measured by financial net worth; 2) It’s foolish to strive for material wealth and be a pauper in my relationship with God.

For some people, wealth represents freedom, security, power, or a way of keeping score. Jesus didn’t say it’s wrong to have wealth. Wealth can be a blessing.

Wealth can be:
• A blessed inheritance.
• The reward for hard work.
• The product of wise investment.
• A tool to do good for the less fortunate.
• A tool for changing things for the better.

Wealth becomes harmful when we accumulate it or use it at the expense of a rich relationship with God and at the expense of living a Kingdom of God life.


Father, It looks like dealing with vast wealth is not going to be one of my challenges. Please feel free to change that if you think best! But even the things I have and the things I want can lead to poverty in my relationship with you if I don’t hold them loosely and steward them properly. Help me to live a Kingdom of God life in rich relationship with you and in faithful service to others. Amen.

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