Why was the parable's rich man a fool? His ground gave a good crop (honestSoli Deo gloria.
wealth); he was rich (nothing wrong with money); these aren't the answers.
- Denying how important money is = foolish. By it (indirectly from God) we
have all material things. It's important, especially if one is just squeaking
by. Keep in mind that "a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his
possessions." Humanness is separate from money, for Christ died for all. He
gives us peace, regardless of how much or how little money we have.
- Keeping money all to ourselves = foolish. The rich man hoarded, giving
nothing to those in need. This is contrary to what Christ intended for the
proper use of money, stewardship. What god reigns in our hearts? Is it Christ,
the one true God, or is it materialism? The strength to let Him
reign comes from Spirit-given focus on heavenly things. The Cross is one such
thing elevated - so reflect on its meaning!
- Allowing money to become our god = foolish. Do not get money for its
own sake. This is materialism, vanity, meaningless. Like a fly greedily
trapped on flypaper, materialists are trapped; their possessions own them.
Therefore watch out for greed in your heart, for worldly currency can't be
exchanged in heaven. Only Christ's gifts matter there.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Pentecost 10 (Proper 13)
I worshiped this weekend at a church near my new location, in WI again. From here on, unless otherwise specified, notes will come from this church. The readings were Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-26; Colossians 3:1-11; and Luke 12:13-21 (sermon text).