Luk 12:15 – Abundance of possessions

I remember a school friend who used to joke, “the winner is he who dies with the most toys”. Sadly this is a philosophy many in our world follow – the pursuit of possessions. In fact most media – TV, social media, magazines, has one goal, to get you to buy things. And the way it does this is by making you feel like you don’t have enough. “There’s one more thing you need.” “There’s one more upgrade.” “There’s one thing better.” And then you die and leave it all behind. Thousands of years ago Jesus knew we would face his challenge and he said – “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” (Luke 12:15). Rather Jesus tells us to be “rich toward God” (Luke 12:21). We do this by being generous with our possessions – our homes, money, time, intellect, energy…and in so doing we store up real possessions in heaven that last forever. The winner is he who dies with the most love.

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