Luke 12:1-31; Genesis 21; Psalm 14
Sometimes I can’t believe how much God has blessed me. I have far more in material possessions than I need. I have a great family. It’s easy to sit back and think about how much I’ve been blessed, and, if truth be told, begin to think that I deserve all of His blessings. Jesus told a story about a man whose crops overflowed one year. The guy was overjoyed. He was ready to build bigger barns to hold everything. “I’ll say to myself, You have stored up plenty of goods, enough for several years. Take it easy! Eat, drink, and enjoy yourself.” (Luke 12:19) This man was ready just to sit back and rest, not realizing that God had blessed him for a purpose. His attitude was that the blessing of this crop must be due to his wonderful nature. He didn’t thank God for it. He didn’t look for a way to help others with it. The message from Jesus came when God spoke to the man in the parable and told him he would die. I wonder if the ending would have been different if Jesus had told a story of a man whose great harvest led him to be generous with the poor; to help others; to recognize that God had blessed him to help others. The message of Jesus was that life is more than material goods and possessions. We can’t be consumed by greed or the idea that God has blessed us because we deserve it. God always blesses us so that we can bless others. Perhaps instead of thinking what we can do for ourselves, we need to first think of how we can bless others.
Lord, it’s so easy for me to think that I have earned all of Your blessings. I begin to think that I can sit back and rest. Remind me that You bless me so that I can bless others. Let me use all of the blessings You give to help others.