read all of this, & while you're reading it, think about the affluence in which we live, & how we have come to depend on it & not God...
Parable of the Rich Fool
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! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own."
16 Then he told them a story:
"A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops.
17 He said to himself,
'What should I do? I don't have room for all my crops.'
'I know! I'll tear down my barns and build bigger ones.
I'll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods.
I'll sit back and say to myself, "
My friend, you have enough stored
away for years to come.
Now take it easy!
and be merry!"'
20 "But God said to him,
'You fool! You will die this very night.
Then who will get everything you worked for?'
21 "Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God."
Teaching about Money and Possessions
22 Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said,
"That is why I tell you do not to worry about everyday life:
whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear.
23 For life is more than food,
and your body more than clothing.
at the ravens.
They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns,
God feeds them.
And you are far more valuable to him than any birds!
25 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
26 And if worry can't accomplish a little thing like that,
what's the use of worrying over bigger things?
at the lilies and how they grow.
They don't work or make their
yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as
28 And if
God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into
the fire tomorrow,
he will certainly care for you.
Why do you have so
29 "And don't be concerned about what to eat and what to drink.
Don't worry about such things.
30 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world,
but your Father already knows your needs.
31 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.
32 "So don't be afraid, little flock.
For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.
your possessions and give to those in need.
This will store up treasure
for you in heaven!
And the purses of heaven never get old or develop
Your treasure will be safe;
no thief can steal it and no moth can
34 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.