Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. 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 all my grain and my goods. And I'll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things 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 anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.” Luke 12: 13-21
This parable really strikes home for me. As someone who blogs about personal finance on almost a daily basis, it's very convicting to read this parable, and to realize that at times, while I'm preparing my financial life to the point where I feel like I'll be secure, I haven't always paid as much attention to things that are even more important. I haven't been “rich toward God” as much as I should have, and I haven't been as thankful for all the wonderful things he has given me.
Reminder for today: Our finances and material things are only temporary. As much as we prepare for this life, even more-so we need to prepare for eternal life. Be “rich toward God”, and prepare yourself for eternity because even tonight your life may be demanded from you!