But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” Luke 12:20
There is a danger in obsessive saving and storing up. That is the point of the parable of the rich fool. Those who spend a lifetime in efforts of accumulation find that when they die, they have lost both their treasure and their soul. True wealth in life has something to do with a richness of relationship with God. That relationship is most richly textured when we take what God gives us and share it with others instead of hording it for ourselves.
Do you build larger barns instead of sharing more of what you have been given?
Lord, we are savers. We store up for ourselves. We have rainy day funds. We believe that prudent financial planning is our way to salvation. We take out expensive life insurance policies as a way to protect us from all unfortunate eventualities. But You call us to a different way of living—a way of life that is generous and daring and care-full of others. We resist Your way, Lord…Convert us…we need to be living instead of dying inside. In Jesus’ name, we pray. AMEN.