Jesus really wants to get our attention in this passage when he says, “Beware and be on guard!” Our possessions can often began to rule our thinking and develop into covetousness. But God wants so much more for us. He wants us to experience contentment. True contentment means understanding that at any given moment we have everything we truly need.
God wants you to trust Him and be content.
Your life is defined by your heart. Jesus says to be on guard because possessions can have a hypnotizing effect on our heart. There is a daily battle over the affection of your heart. Jesus says, “I am enough” and has proven Himself over and over again. Real satisfaction is found not in possessions but in abiding in Christ and living for His purposes.
Jesus loves you and cares for you. Your joy will increase the more you discover that He is better than all this world has to offer.
What does the parable teach us? Jesus seems to be saying the man had a heart dilemma. His heart was inclined toward accumulation and being satisfied in his accomplishments. Where is your heart today? Focused on the Savior or focused on things around you?
The answer Jesus gives for the problem in yesterday’s parable is to be rich toward God. Money is significant for us because we exchange it for what we value. What you do with your money shows what you value. So the parable concluded by saying we should be rich toward God by valuing Him above the riches of the world.
If you want to be rich toward God, invest in the things God cares most about, people. If you want to be rich toward God, be generous with people.
Be generous and find your true treasure in Christ.
Can you imagine that, “for your sake,” Jesus was rich in the presence of God. Now, because of His great love, you are rich. You may not feel like it. But your wealth is not tied to bank accounts, credit cards, square footage, or horsepower. Because of His death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus made all His followers rich..
As believers, we have been given a great inheritance in and through Jesus Christ. This truth should be self-evident to all around you. What an incredible opportunity to reflect this truth to those around us.