Even if you live for 100 years, it’s not a long time compared to eternity. Our life is short. Then we die and will have to give an account to the Lord for how we spent it.
Jesus gives the parable of the greedy landowner who planned on building new storage bins for his abundant grain so he could accumulate more of it. “But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’ Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.” (Luke 12:20-21)
To be “rich in what matters to God” is to give generously to those in need. “There is more joy in giving than in receiving.”
Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year. A few years ago a worker at Walmart was trampled to death in the rush of the crowds to get to their deals. When that store was closed to deal with this man’s death, people were upset and angry that they couldn’t shop there that day. How sick and mixed up is that?! That’s what greed can do. God have mercy!
Preparing for Christmas
Advent should be a time to prepare our hearts to receive Jesus in a deeper way. But who has time for that in all the holiday stress and rush? We need to make time. And pray for wisdom so we get our priorities right.
- Psalm 39:4-5
- Psalm 92:12
- Luke 12:15-21
- Matt 6:19-21