The Most Important Thing

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Eighth Sunday After Pentecost | August 4, 2019

Hosea 11:1-11 • Psalm 107:1-9, 43 • Colossians 3:1-11 • Luke 12:13-21

13 Then someone called from the crowd, “Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father’s estate with me.”

14 Jesus replied, “Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?” 15 Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”

16 Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. 17 He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ 18 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. 19 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!”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’

21 “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”

Luke 12:13-21 New Living Translation (NLT)


This week Jesus reminds us of what is important – we are reminded that riches are not the most important thing in life. The most important thing is to have a rich relationship with God.

This conversation comes about because a man yells from the crowd. He feels he is being treated unfairly by his brother. We don’t know anymore of the details, but apparently they are trying to settle the estate of their father. It’s interesting how this goes in families. Perhaps Jesus knew in his heart what the man’s problem was – perhaps it was greed because that is what Jesus answers. He warns the gathered crowd to watch against greed.

He gives an illustration about a man who has too many crops. Instead of giving them away, he builds bigger barns, not knowing that his life will soon be over. He lived for the day. We all know people, even maybe yourself, who live for the day – after all you only go around once. But we are reminded it is not our riches that are important, but our relationship with God. Let’s make that first and foremost in our lives.

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