Life Worth Living for Eternity
Verse 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
Yesterday we talked about how serious God is about wanting first place in our lives. We mentioned that God didn’t want us living in a cardboard box, but what is God desire of our lives?
There is much talk in our day about what we should expect of God. But are we owed anything other than God’s wrath? Despite being owed nothing God blesses us in many ways. He gives not so that we can use them purely for our own pleasure but so that we can use them for His work. His goal is not to make us rich but to make us stewards.
What does it mean to be a steward? It is someone who looks after and manages another’s property. God placed Adam in the Garden of Eden. God placed Noah as steward of the animals on the Ark. Throughout history God has placed people as stewards and we are no different. He has blessed us with things in this life that He wants us to use for the Kingdom of God.
This parable is about the realizing that this isn’t the life we are to be storing up treasures in. Jesus said this in Matthew 6:19-21, “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.” This is the point of this parable.
This rich, foolish farmer was all about living this life. He wasn’t living this life for the benefit of heaven. The same can be said of us. We become so obsessed with the things in this life and living this life that we too often forget to be living for Heaven. What does it mean to be living for Heaven? We are to be the stewards of God’s possessions, which include more than just the things we have. His children are also His possessions, as He has use for us in this life to be living in ways that bring blessings to those around us. We are to steward our resources to bring glory to His name, not our own.
Making It Personal
Have you ever thought about how what you “own” is actually God’s? Do you use your resources thinking about how they are God’s? What is something you can do today that would show Him as the true owner of your possessions?
Making It Personal Kids
What do you think it means that we are to be taking care of God’s things? What does He want us to do with them? How can you use your things for Jesus today?
Father, thank You for all the blessings You bestow on us. Give us the wisdom to know how to steward the possessions You have given us for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.