The Parable of the Rich Fool – Prayer VII

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Luke 12:13-21 (NIV)

Father, Jesus said that the good life has nothing to do with being wealthy so we need to be on guard against any kind of greed.  Planning for retirement and saving for is wise but neglecting preparation for life after death is disastrous.

Lord, help me have a godly perspective on wealth, protect me from materialism and make me focus on what really matters and have eternal impact – my relationship with You. Life is short and I am not getting any younger. At the end of my life, I pray that I can look back without regrets because I have lived a full life enjoying intimacy with You and serving You.

~BN~

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