What Am I to do Now?
Verse 17 He thought to himself, “What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.”
Yesterday we talked about how we can’t make the abundance. But what are we to do with the abundance?
The rich farmer in our parable is now facing an issue because of his abundant harvest, where is he to store it? The first thing he decides to do is tear down the inadequate barns and build bigger ones. This seems like a pretty logical decision but was it a wise one? This decision seems like the one most people would make but that doesn’t make it the decision that should be made. Did you notice that his focus is purely selfish?
He wanted bigger barns so he could keep it all for himself. He wanted to use it for his profit and then sit back for the years to come and enjoy a life of fun and ease. He was focused totally on self and enjoying what he had been blessed with. He gave no thought to the fact that God may have given him abundance for more than just his own use and needs. This abundance came with many opportunities but the rich foolish farmer didn’t give the slightest glance aside from his own happiness. His whole goal was for personal gain, fulfillment and likely notoriety.
Building bigger barns to hold his abundance would be a way of showing everyone that was near the vastness of his wealth. He knew it would give him more status in the community. People would know him. He would be the man with the big barns that everyone was talking about. By choosing to eat, drink and be merry he would have a whole host of new ‘friends’ to rub elbows with. He would be really living! In the eyes of the world anyway.
This is something that most of us can relate to as well. Storage units have become a big business in the United States with even mobile options because we have such an abundance that we need more space to store it. It is likely that at this very moment each of us could look around us and see at least 5 things that we don’t really need. Things that we liked and wanted and so we purchased because we could afford to. Have we ever really felt true need in our lives? Has our abundance ever been used for something other than our desires? Holding it for ourselves is nothing less than greed.
Making It Personal
Do you have more things in your life than you need? Do you have more things on your schedule than you need? How do extra things in your life strain your relationship with God, the Great Provider?
Making It Personal Kids
Do you have more toys than you play with during a week? Do you always have something to eat at meal time? Did you know that there are kids around the world, and even here in America, that don’t have as much as you do?
Father, You are the giver of abundance. You provide for us and then give us extra so that we can be Your source of providing for others. Help us know when and how to help those around us that are in need. In Jesus’ name, amen.