Sunday’s parable highlighted a rich guy who had more than he knew what to do with. And one year he got this monster bumper crop, his answer was to build “bigger and better barns.” He had not a care in the world. Other people may be starving, but he will not be. Other people may wonder how they will survive their retirement years, he will not. That night, as he was congratulating himself on his “fool-proof plan”, he died and he had no chance to build his big barns and enjoy his wealth.
And Jesus ended the parable by saying, “… a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but is not rich towards God.”
Pastor Tim challenged us personally with this parable. He spoke to the fact that greed is a dangerous passion. It can easily lead to decisions that lead to disaster; personally, relationally, physically and spiritually. Webster Dictionary defines ‘greed’ this way: “a selfish and excessive desire for more of something than is needed.” Desiring to have more than you need is not greed; it is selfishly and excessively desiring for more than you need.
Remedies for Greed
1) Choose to live measurably below your income.
We have to practice being content with less than what we really can afford:
- Less house
- Less vehicle
- Less vacation
- Fewer toys
- “Smaller barns”
And if we can do this one, it opens up the chance to practice the next one…and it is with this one that greed begins to lose some of its power and potency!
2) Choose to live generously.
Generosity may be the most powerful antidote to greed that there is because it is impossible to be generous and greedy at the same time. When we stand before God some day and give an account of how we used the resources he gave us, we will be glad we did something with it besides building the biggest barns we could and stuffing them as full as we could with stuff that will rust, rot, burn and be left behind…From God’s perspective only “fools” do that.
4th New Years’ Resolution Challenge: “I will choose to live below my means so that I am able to give generously to the causes that matter to God.”
- If the message on greed and generosity challenged you personally, yet you feel a bit overwhelmed as to how to regain control of your finances, it’s not too late to jump into the Financial Peace Class, yet this week, on Thursday! The group has only met one week so far, so if interested, please let me know right away at www.riveroaks.org.
- If there are ways we can be helping you on your faith journey, getting connected at River Oaks, or with other life challenges, please let us know.
- Don’t forget to tell your friends about the upcoming Saturday evening services, beginning Feb. 2 at 6:00pm! Maybe you have coworkers, neighbors, or family members who are unable or choose not to attend a Sunday AM service. So here is your opportunity to invite them to join us for the identical service on a Saturday night! See more details at www.riveroak.org.
Scott Tilley/ Adult Ministries Pastor / 574.875.1152 ext. 103 / firstname.lastname@example.org