A humongous crowd was listening to Jesus. A man shouted, “Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father’s estate with me.”
Jesus responded with words I should read every .03 seconds:
“Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?” Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”
Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’
“Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
1. Who exactly is Jesus?
He’s THE Teacher, using simple everyday stories to drive his points about God’s Kingdom deeeeeeep into our ♥s.
2. What exactly does he want us to do?
Beware and guard against every kind of greed. Life ain’t about piling up stuff so you can take it easy and “eat, drink, and be merry.”
A fool stores up earthly riches. The wise seek a rich relationship with God.
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