What’s In Your Wallet??

We have so much stuff in our society. For example, if I decided not to shred and trash all of the junk mail I get, I would soon be forced out of the house. In a third world country the people there could probably build a house out of a years worth of my junk mail, yet to us it is only trash. We live in a culture and daily experience which would be unreal to much of the rest of the world’s people.
In our media we are constantly being urged to get the latest thing, yet if we succumb, as soon as we buy the new thing, it is worth less each day, until after the passage of time it is worth nothing. We are paying money (often borrowing) to get things which depreciate so fast that we will never see the worth of our investment, if it can even be called an investment. We are living in a cultural trap, in a world which has us in a choke hold. There is no way you can live a relatively normal life here without incurring debt. So the only alternative is to get on the treadmill and try to make the money to pay for all of those loans, etc. A treadmill? Yes, because we are running hard and getting nowhere.
That is what makes Jesus’ words so poignant.

“16 Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. 17  He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ 18 Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. 19 And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’

21 “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”

22 Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. 23 For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. 24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! 25 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 26 And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?”

Luke 12:16-26 (New Living Translation)

Just what is it we are after in this life? Is it worth it to gather so much stuff and then  have to worry about keeping it clean, maintained, safe and pay taxes on it and insure it? To worry about protecting a car, or boat or house from decay or robbers? Is there a point to all of this?

I would like to suggest that we have been going about this way of living all wrong. we do not need to go to the Bible to discover how to live in this culture, how to make it, how to get by. You see the fruits of this approach all around us, people being foreclosed on, people laid off from jobs they thought would last, and more dire economic news each day. The problem is that we are looking in the wrong places. If we look at the Bible and try to figure out what God is saying to us then in actuality we are still depending on our own intellect for guidance, because we are so imperfect and limited, seeking guidance from our intellect is a dead end. God has made His Spirit available to us so that we might be able to live in a Spiritual context, so that He can interpret Scripture for us, so we might be guided by Him, so we might live in Him, and learn to depend on Him alone.
Therefore we need to go to Jesus and ask him what He wants us to do, and how to live. We need to drop everything and listen to Him, because He is the only one who understands fully what our lives should be. We should have been going to Him first, all along.

So pardon me if I ask, but where are your treasures?

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