But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’ Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.” Luke 12:20-21
In this parable of the rich man who wanted to store up all he had, Jesus teaches us where the wealth of the real Christian ought to be. A Christian’s attitude is one of other-centeredness, yet the man in today’s gospel is so inward-focused. How many times can you count the words, I, me, mine, myself in this text? The Christian life is one of self denial – and not just during Lent! Yet, our subject in today’s reading is the antithesis of that; he aggressively affirms himself and his possessiveness.
What shall I do with all the grain I cannot fit in my barn? Does he lack eyes to see beyond himself to a neighbor who could really use his surplus? Could he not see beyond himself?
As followers of Christ, we must make a choice to what world we store up our harvest for. Do we choose to content ourselves in this world, or by sharing with others, do we store up our treasure in heaven.
The choice is ours.
May God Bless You!