Where is Your Security Found?
In Luke 12:13-21, a man in the crowd asks Jesus to intervene in an inheritance dispute. Jesus declines to be involved and instead, tells a parable about a rich man who had an abundant harvest. The rich man in the parable tore down his old barns and built bigger ones to store all his bountiful harvest. Then he said to himself, "Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry." But tragically, God revealed to the man that he was soon to die anyway. Jesus ends the parable by saying, "So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God."
What did this mean to the man in the crowd who asked for help with his inheritance? The man in the crowd was probably thinking a lot like the man in this parable; he's thinking that he can care for his own destiny; he can shepherd his own soul. And consequently, his soul is pointed at the wrong thing. This man thinks he knows what his life will be—and it will be based on the security provided by the possessions he will get in the inheritance.
Jesus destroys that vision of life when he tells this parable. Instead he points the man to a different understanding of life. You think that life consists in abundance of possessions, but it does not—it consists in being rich with God. Not a life overflowing with stuff, but a life that is overflowing with the bountiful richness of God. A life that is not focused on getting new things, but only on finding the old God who is already there waiting for us in every corner of life if we dare to look. AW Tozer said it this way:
“There is within the human heart a tough … root … whose nature is to possess, always to possess. It covets ‘things’ with a deep and fierce passion…The roots of our hearts have grown down into things, and we dare not pull up one rootlet lest we die. Things have become necessary to us, a development never originally intended. God's gifts now take the place of God, and the whole course of nature is upset by the monstrous substitution. But the blessed ones who possess the Kingdom [of God] are [those] who have [renounced] every external thing and have [torn] from their hearts all sense of possessing…These [people] are no longer slaves to the tyranny of things. They have broken the yoke of the oppressor; and this they have done not by fighting but by surrendering. Though free from all sense of possessing, they yet possess all things. ‘Theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’"
What is your soul focused on? Are you trusting God to provide your security, or are you trusting in possessions, finances, and physical things? As Jesus says, be on your guard today. Our lives do not consist in an abundance of possessions, but in souls that are overflowing with God.