The dynamics of discipleship (part 20)
Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods.’ And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided? So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.’” – LUKE 12:16-21
This is where most people miss the message of the gospel believing that once they are saved they are to go about their lives storing up their riches and working their whole life only to leave it to their kids who will probably end up squandering it.
It is not a sin to be rich – it is a sin when riches possess your heart.
The most important thing in your life is to be led by the Holy Spirit and not by your own flesh or by others who would take advantage of your generosity.
Greedy preachers who encourage their flocks to stay and sit, never training or equipping them, but only wanting them for their money will have a special place in Hell.
I learned early on that God is our life and provision and what He calls us to do, He provides for.
He had to take me to a cemetery to call me to die to the world and the lust of the flesh when He ordained me for ministry and from that time on He has graciously provided for the work He has called me to do.
For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – LUKE 12:30-34