Eyewitness: pp. 152,153
NASB Luke 12: 16-32
The Message: Luke 12: 16-32
Amplified Bible: Luke 12: 22-34
In Your Bible: Luke 12: 16-32
Jesus spoke to the Twelve and possibly the Seventy, yet still in hearing range of the multitudes around him. He cautioned them about greed and worldly entanglements. They also learned about success and the best way to embrace it. Jesus shows us God’s perspective on how to live.
Parable of a Successful Farmer
Jesus told them this parable, “The land of a rich man was very productive” (Luke 12: 16 NASB). The farmer decided building more barns to keep this crop and have a party was best and obvious choice of what to do. But this Jesus told them was the wrong choice.
Jesus disclosed the key to the mistake in the first few words. “The land of the rich man was productive.” The farmer failed to embrace the increased produce as a gift from God also failed to give God the glory for it. In his mind, the farmer could do whatever he pleased with (his) resources.
Next, Jesus focused on what success all about. In today’s terms, we keep our focus on God and his righteousness, do our best, and give him the glory. Be benevolent – help others. Our treasures come from God and we acknowledge him for it.
Steep Yourself in God’s Perspective
Jesus said pointedly, “Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot” (Luke 12:15 The Message).
Jesus said, “What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, not be so preoccupied with getting so you can respond to God’s giving. People, who don’t know God and the way he works, fuss over these things. But you know God, and how he works. Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions . . .The Father wants to give you the very Kingdom itself” (Luke 12:29-32 The Message).
Jesus then warned them, “Watch out and guard yourselves against every form of greed; for not even when one has an overflowing abundance does his life consist of nor is it derived from his possessions” . . .For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Luke 12: 15 and 34 Amplified Bible). He shows us God’s perspective on how to live.
Prayer: Father, thank you for being the source of all things, being the giver of all things, and the meaning of all things.
Questions: Why is it hard when you work on a project or task to give God credit for working with you to achieve it? What would you add to the note below?
Note: This is a life-long process:
- Keep God first, love the Lord with all your heart, listen to him, read his Word, and seek what he wants to be done,
- Sell or give away possessions you no longer needed
- Give to charity, give to those in need
- Protect your assets with living wills, trusts, etc.
- Yes, keep God first, seek him, and he will look after you