Don’t you just love it when Jesus wants to get down and dirty with our most personal matters? Like our money, for instance. And our possessions, and our wealth, and our material goods. We are told in our society not to make public our private business. It’s just not something we do in polite company. Well, I guess Jesus doesn’t consider us to be polite company!! He wants to know, as the commercial goes, “What’s in your wallet?”
Yesterday from Luke 12 we read the story about a man who had vast riches, but was not rich toward God. Jesus called this man a fool! The culture we live in trains us to be acquisitive, to accumulate and to hoard and to attempt to secure our lives through our financial holdings. Jesus, bless his heart, indoctrinates us into a very different way in the world. He has in mind a culture in which we realize that we cannot secure our lives through our “stuff.” Jesus promises us that in his service we will prosper, though this prosperity is not as the world judges it.
The good news is that you already know this. You get Jesus’ point. Jesus doesn’t play the game of us trying to manipulate him into making us wealthy. We come to Jesus just to be with him and not to get something out of him. We are the sort who risk hearing what Jesus has to say, even when his words are tough on us. We are willing to listen to him, to examine our lives, and to bend ourselves to his will. Congratulations!
Through his wisdom and grace he will give us lives worth living and take from us the junk that’s not worth dying for. He will give us those gifts that we need and tell us the truth. The good news is that we have a savior who just loves to teach, to save, to cherish…even a fool like the man in the story. Even fools like us. Amen