The point of being alive
(The Philippine Star) - March 26, 2020 - 12:00am

Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions. — Luke 12:15

Lately, as I’ve been skimming financial advice books, I’ve noticed an interesting trend. While almost all such books have good advice, many imply that the primary reason to cut costs is to live like millionaires later. But one book offered a refreshingly different perspective, arguing that living simply is essential for a rich life. If you need more or fancier stuff to feel joy, the book suggested, “You’re missing the point of being alive.”

Those insightful words brought to mind Jesus’s response when a man asked Him to urge his brother to divide an inheritance with him. Instead of sympathizing, Jesus dismissed him abruptly before warning sternly about “all kinds of greed” — because “life does not consist in an abundance of possessions” (Luke 12:14-15). He then described a wealthy person’s plans to store his crops and enjoy a luxurious lifestyle — the first-century version of retirement planning — with a blistering conclusion. His wealth did him no good, since he died that night (vv. 16-20).

Although we are responsible to use our resources wisely, Jesus’s words remind us to check our motivation. Our hearts should be focused on pursuing God’s kingdom — knowing Him and serving others — not on securing our own futures (vv. 29-31). As we live for Him and freely share with others, we can fully enjoy a rich life with Him now — in the kingdom that gives meaning to all of life (vv. 32-34).

Monica La Rose

Lord, thank You for all You’ve so generously provided. Teach us how to enjoy what You’ve given and to share it with others. Help us to rest in You.

READ: Luke 12:22-34

We don’t need to wait to enjoy a rich life in God’s kingdom.

Bible in a Year: Joshua 22-24 and Luke 3

GOD
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