Being rich toward God. A clear and urgent message emerges in the ministry of Jesus…
As Jesus journeys to Jerusalem and the time of his crucifixion draws near, Jesus raises the stakes for his followers: Jesus again explains the cost and demands of discipleship, Jesus again urges his disciples to be ready and alert, and Jesus again illustrates the importance of being turned toward God. The significance and particularity of his message is palpable!
This Sunday, we hear Jesus teach about being rich toward God (Luke 12:13-21). To illustrate, Jesus tells the parable about a rich farmer who is blessed with a bumper crop of grain and so he tears down his barns to build bigger and better ones to store all his grain and all his goods. Did we catch that? His barns and his grain and his goods. We almost laugh as the rich farmer involves no one else in his thinking and decision-making. He has conversation only with himself to discern next steps. In fact it sounds eerily familiar to modern day politics. But then we realize things are not so very funny because on this very night this man’s life will be demanded of him.
I must admit this scripture hit really close to home for me. As some of you know, Ken and I have just been through a move as he begins a new appointment with the UM Conference. As our move unfolded, we realized just how much stuff we had! We had to get more and more storage space, and still have chairs stored in a friend’s garage and yard equipment in our barn! Ahhh, the irony! Needless to say, Ken and I are taking a hard look at some things.
Being rich toward God. Jesus continually demonstrates the extravagant generosity and richness of God toward us. This Sunday let us take a step closer to our being rich toward God.
With appreciation and thanksgiving,