Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
Luke 12:15 (NIV)
Sometimes Jesus and His Father spoke most clearly and powerfully through just two words.
When it comes to our possessions, the use of the two words takes on a decidedly different tone.
Be honest with yourself. How much of your life do you dedicate to just accumulating possessions as opposed to using those possessions to extend the kingdom?
Granted, the world and perhaps even some of those sitting next to you on Sunday morning will consider you a bit foolish if you don’t wear the nicest clothes, drive the fancier car, or reside in more square feet in a better postal code.
The story that Jesus tells in the verses that follow Luke 12:15 ends with God using two words to refer to the person who accumulated possessions: “You fool!” So it seems one way or the other that someone will consider you foolish based on your possession accumulation and it’s up to you whether that someone is human or divine.
Let’s not forget Jesus’ two words: “Watch out!” And let’s remember the more strategic role Jesus gave to our possessions: “Sell your possessions and give to the poor.” (Luke 12:33, NIV) Then your possessions will not weigh you down and entangle you in this race you’ve been called to run.
Jesus has seized you to be a greed guard and possession seller!
This is the sixth in the “Seized to Be An Unentangled Runner” series of blog posts.