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About-Him.Com Devotional 07-02-2016
I Can't Take It With Me
This morning I was helping Marie rearrange what she considered to be junk and clutter and some of which I consider as keepsakes and treasure. My stuff has no real value but it's hard to part with none the less. The scripture popped into my mind about the rich man who had run out of room to store his goods and treasure.
Jesus was preaching to a large multitude concerning godly principals of life and the kingdom of God (Lu. 12:1-12). A man had Jesus tuned out and interrupted at the first opportunity. He asked Jesus to make his brother share an inheritance with him. Jesus cut him short and told him to beware of covetousness. A man's life and worth is not measured by his possessions. We don't hear this preached much anymore.
Luke 12:15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
See: God Wants You Rich
Jesus then gave The Parable of the Rich Fool in Luke 12:13-21
A certain rich man had such a bumper crop that his barns couldn't contain it. He said to Himself, This is what I'LL do. I'LL tear down MY barns and build greater, and there I'LL store all MY fruit and MY goods. I'LL say to MY soul, "You've got enough laid up to last for years. Take it easy, eat drink and be merry ." But God said, "You fool, you are going to die tonight, and who will these things belong to then"?
Note the personal pronouns (I ,My Thine) in this short passage. This man was a bit self-centered to say the least.
Jesus did not condemn riches and success. He did condemn greed, covetousness and selfishness. He warned against the deceitfulness of riches.
Mark 4:9 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
Paul likened riches to a snare.
1 Timothy 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
John said it's all going to burn anyhow (I John 2:17).
1 John 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Our treasures in heaven must outweigh our treasures on earth. Markets fail, the stock market is up one day and down the next, the almighty dollar on which our economy is based can be devalued overnight such as happened in Mexico some years back. Folks woke up one morning and found themselves forty percent poorer.
Scammers are working over time to loot your bank account and corporate thieves do their best to steal our pension funds.
Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
Social Security is forecast to fail, sooner or later. War and natural catastrophe can wipe out a lifetime of accumulation instantly. We don't know when we'll be called home, but we won't be taking anything with us. We will stand as naked and unadorned before our Maker as the day we were born (Job 1:21).
However, we have an inheritance waiting for us as heirs of God (Romans 8:17). The eye hasn't seen it and the mind can't comprehend it (I Corinthians 2:9). Most of all, we will be with Him and be like Him (I John 3:2). When we consider this, the riches of this world fall into their proper perspective.
Song: I'm Looking For Jesus
God may allow His servant to succeed when He has disciplined him to a point where he does not need to succeed to be happy. The man who is elated by success and is cast down by failure is still a carnal man. At best his fruit will have a worm in it. - A.W. Tozer
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