“The old Master had come to a bad end. Bard had given him much gold for the help of the Lake-people, but being of the kind that easily catches such disease he fell under the dragon-sickness, and took most of the gold and fled with it, and died of starvation in the Waste, deserted by his companions.” ~ The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
Greed is a often broached subject in Scripture, I suppose because we are so susceptible to it as humans. In the passage we’ll be looking at this Sunday (Luke 12:13-21 ), Jesus will address that issue as it touches his followers.
In this section, Jesus refuses to be an advocate for a guy looking for part of an inheritance…and then he launches into a warning about greed (covetousness). Why do you suppose Jesus refused this guy’s request?
The story that Jesus tells about the Barn Builder provides an enlargement of his warning. Living a life of greed will leave us empty in the end…its pretty straightforward. As we contemplate this warning…how do you apply it to your own life? If I were going to be honest, I’d say that I get uncomfortable with this subject because I know there is still some dragon-sickness lingering in my soul. As much as I like to promote simplifying…I still love all the nifty techno-gadgets that seem to become available every day. I start to get shifty at the thought of getting behind the curve on those things…and I have to wonder if my sense of contentment has shifted from God to stuff. An honest inventory of my emotional reactions in life usually reveal a LOT of areas where stuff is still controlling me.
How about you? Do you still struggle with the temptation to define yourself by what you own…or by what you feel you lack? What do you do about it? I’d also be interested in what you believe Jesus meant by being “rich toward God”.
Ok…hope to see you Sunday!