Property, prosperity and pension funds

18 09 2011

Property, prosperity and pension funds all have a contemporary ring.  None of them is far from our daily news headlines; the cult of the consumer is everywhere.  But it’s not just a contemprary phenomenon.

Jesus has a lot to say about money and possessions.  (Those who like statistics tell me that about 11% of the words in Luke’s gospel is about money.)  It’s a big deal – for those who have a lot, for those who have little, for those who wish they were in the other group.

It’s easy to assume that those who are well off financially are well off in all of life, but in Luke 12:13-21 Jesus tells a story which challenges his listeners’ perspective.  Pause to read it now.

It’s not the money that’s the problem, it’s the heart-attitude to the money, the greed, the grasping after more.  And misplaced trust and security spells disaster.

John Ortberg in his book It all goes back in the box has modernised this parable.  You can read it here.

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He includes a line which adds another dimension.  He says, “And no one knew him or loved him enough to tell him the truth”.  What a sad indictment of the man and the quality of his relationships!

Bottom line – I need to reconsider my materialistic tendencies.  Am I so concerned with stuff that God and others get sidelined?  How open am I to hearing the truth…or to speaking it?

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