Verse 16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest.”
Yesterday we were discussing the root sin issue of greed in the young brother who was telling Jesus to make his brother share the inheritance. Today we start looking at the parable itself and see where the various points reveal things about us that we may not have noticed about ourselves before now.
Jesus starts out the parable by saying something very important, something that drills to the very heart of the matter about being content. Did you notice the wording of Jesus’ beginning sentence? He doesn’t say that the farmer’s hard work produces an abundant harvest. His ground did produce an abundant harvest but it wasn’t the work of the rich man that made that happen. This isn’t to say that work wasn’t done to aid the harvest amount, just that it wasn’t the reason for the abundance.
Every farmer knows, if he/she is honest with himself/herself, that they can only do so much in the producing of a harvest but the rest is up to God. The farmer can’t control the weather. They can try to conquer the bugs at every stage of the plants’ development but still there is only so much that can be done regarding the pests.
We mentioned the other day how the young man who told Jesus to do something about his inheritance was selfish. One of the bugs that infest our lives and disrupt an abundant life for us is greed. When we aren’t content with where we are in life and with what we own, we are so easily drawn away from our understanding of what and who Jesus is.
The truth is that no matter what we do, or attempt to do, to create an abundant life we are no more able to do that than the hard working farmer can dictate the outcome of his planting. Sure we can work our fingers to the bones and gain more and more of the things of this life but is that really abundant life? When we think in the way of the world we are likely to try to amass the things of this world. This is not the abundant life He has called us to.
Making It Personal
Where do you see a misguided aim for abundance in your life? Are you willing to admit your desire for that thing of the world? Can you see ways where you can make changes to move away from your tendency to live for self?
Making It Personal Kids
Who makes the plants grow? Who makes us grow more like Jesus? Is it easy to want Jesus’ way over our own way?
Father, we praise You for the control You have over all creation. Please help us see how to truly live the abundant life in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.