Luke 12:13–21 (ESV)
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
- Reflection Questions
- Luke 12:15
- If a man’s life “does not consist in the abundance of his possessions,” what does it consist of?
- Count the number of times the words “I” and “my” appear in this passage. What does this reveal about this man?
- What made the man feel so confident and secure? On what basis do people feel confident and secure? On what basis do I feel confident and secure? How strong or permanent is that basis?
- What does it mean to be rich towards God?
- In what ways can I be rich towards God?