As we sincerely seek God, he helps us understand the blessings that he has already given us. When we develop a lifestyle of gratefulness because of all of these blessings we have already received, we become truly happy – maybe for the first time in our lives.
Jesus speaks to us in our passage today from Luke about a farmer who was successful and, instead of sharing his wealth, he built more barns to store it up for himself. God calls him a fool because the farmer has focused on this earthly wealth instead of developing a rich relationship with God. God has given him bountiful crops so he could share with others but the farmer chose to keep it all for himself.
Jesus tells us later in this passage to sell our possessions and give to the poor. As he looks at our culture today, I think he would be pointing to all of our sheds and garages and storage units full of stuff we store away for ourselves instead of giving it to those who need it. He challenges us to be generous with our possessions, holding on to them lightly.
“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will be also” Luke 12:34.
Dear Father, we desire to put you first in our lives. Help us to be generous with our possessions, willingly giving to those in need.