Success? By Whose Yardstick? – True Success
Jesus’ response to this unnamed questioner sidestepped his surface issue. But it zeroed in on his heart.
Similarly, when we bring a problem to God in prayer, instead of providing the surface solution we’ve requested, He may reveal what we need to change.
Interact with God’s Word
- The prosperous farmer of Jesus’ hypothetical illustration was well positioned (v. 19) for retirement. Was this what Jesus was criticizing?
- What attitude, implied in verse 15b, made this landowner a fool?
- What, judging from verse 21, was omitted from the farmer’s priorities?
- How does the advertising industry work at cross-purposes to the admonition of verse 15a?
- Are you taking Jesus’ warning seriously? Have you found a way to tune out the constant enticements to buy?
- How can you concentrate more on your relationship with God and on doing His work?
Spend Time in Prayer: Ask God to work on your dreams, bringing them into alignment with His “good and pleasing and perfect” will for your life.
13 Then someone called from the crowd, “Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father’s estate with me.” 14 Jesus replied, “Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?” 15 Then he said, “Beware! Don’t be greedy for what you don’t have. Real life is not measured by how much we own.”
16 And he gave an illustration: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. 17 In fact, his barns were full to overflowing. 18 So he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store everything.
19 And I’ll sit back and say to myself, My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!’ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get it all?’ 21 “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”