“There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked himself, ‘What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?’ And he said, ‘This is what I shall do I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!”‘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.”
Every Saturday morning in the summer months, my husband and I like to go to yard sales. We scout the paper for ads and look for signs on telephone poles. We map out our routes and use the GPS on our phones to find these deals. We really enjoy it. But what are we actually looking for?
Do we really need another knickknack? How many fishing poles does one person need? How many times am I really going to use that “as seen on tv” item?
And then, when it’s time for us to have our yard sale, the same items are on our tables for others to purchase so we can get rid of this “stuff” that is cluttering our house. And if we don’t sell it, we build sheds and bigger garages to store these items that we can’t seem to get rid of but needed to have.
In this passage, Jesus is saying that we don’t need all this earthly stuff. As the old saying goes” you can’t take it with you”. And no one knows the hour or day when God will call us home. He is not going to ask you how many shirts you have or how big your bank account is.
Instead of collecting, we should be purging our material selves. We should focus on giving away our time, talent, treasure and love to others. These are the treasures that God has gifted us with for us to share not hoard. These are the things of above.
I’m not saying I won’t still go to yard sales but maybe I’ll be more selective. Maybe I will look for others and not myself. I can look for items to donate to charities. And the weeks that I don’t find anything, I can make a bigger donation in the collection plate at church.
God knows that as humans, we need material things but we shouldn’t be excessive. In America, we are so blessed and we can take it for granted. Don’t take anything for granted! Be grateful to God for his abundance.