So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.(Luke 12:21).
In the previous teaching we learned about the prosperity of the spirit and the things which indicate whether the spirit prospers.
I want us to look at being rich towards God, we’ll look at what it means and later on how to be rich towards God. Bit first I want us to slightly look at the story which Jesus used to derive this statement.
And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”(Luke 12:16-21).
In this story we have a man who was so rich that he didn’t have enough space to store his wealth, thus he decided to expand his storage. Unfortunately for him, after he had done so, God took his soul. Jesus says that the same end awaits anyone who is like this rich man.
Being rich towards God is simply making the things of God to have the highest priority in your life. We are commanded to seek the kingdom of God first before anything else, someone who goes to church regularly might think that they’ve got this covered, but the question which, it’s answers indicates whether you got this covered is, when you get money what’s the first thing you think of?
You can’t claim to put the kingdom first when tithing is the last thing you think about. “Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.(Matthew 6:19-21). Investing your resources on the kingdom of God has it’s own reward. The end of the rich men came because he only invested in earthly things, never let the temporary earthly riches blind you from the everlasting glory and wealth you will receive when you invest in the kingdom of God.
In Luke 12, the rich man was only interested in himself, don’t be like him, think of your brethren. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For the person who does not love his brother he has seen cannot love the God he has not seen.(1 John 4:20)