Solid Ground | Rich Toward God
Jesus tells the parable of the rich fool in Luke 12:16-21 to warn against the dangers of self-centeredness and materialism. The love of money can be one of the greatest challenges to being fully devoted to the Lord. Jesus does not condemn success or having an abundance of resources but he does call us to avoid the trap of trusting in our own strength, being greedy, or looking to our finances to provide lasting security. Jesus does want us to be rich, but it’s a different kind than our world chases. Jesus calls us to be rich toward God.
- October 29Luke 12:16-21Danny Curry
The act of giving is an act of trusting God. It’s not money that’s the problem but our love of money. Or even more troubling our lack of trusting God with our finances. A generous person recognizes that God is the source of all we have. And a wise steward wants to honor God with it. Jesus never equated the presence of wealth or the lack of wealth with his approval. The main issue is not how much you have but what you do with it.
- November 05Luke 12:16-21David Woods
The act of giving generously invites God to pour out blessing. The rich man was a “fool” because he was not wise enough to be generous instead of greedy with his resources. The bible offers 10%, a tithe, as a standard of generosity. Tithing does not earn us anything. It doesn’t earn money and it certainly doesn’t earn salvation. While we can never earn our blessings, the Lord wants us to realize that we can miss a blessing through a lack of trust, or even disobedience.
- November 12Luke 12:16-21Danny Curry
The act of giving advances God’s work. The rich fool uses a personal pronoun 11 times in 5 sentences. He did not have room for God or others, only himself. His financial priorities were about himself and what made him happy in the moment. But the Lord speaks into his short-sightedness. Jesus challenges us to prioritize what matters to God and to invest our resources in partnering with God. When we give regularly, personally, systematically and proportionally we are working harder and smarter for the Lord! This is how we invest in the Kingdom and lay up treasure in heaven.
- November 19Luke 12:16-21Danny Curry
The act of giving helps us learn how to be content. The rich fool was obsessed with building bigger barns. For him enough was never enough. He had a plan to enjoy it, but he never really did. If you asked how much he needed to be satisfied, he would likely answer, “Just a little more.” The secret to being rich (toward God) is not in having more, but in being content with what you already have.