In Luke 12, Jesus told a parable about a farmer that had a very plentiful harvest. The man decided he would build bigger barns to house the extra grain, and then to relax and take it easy – after all, he was all set. But God soon took his life, and asked, “who will get what you have prepared for yourself?” Jesus ends it with a caution not to see our personal wealth and comfort as more important than the things of God.
I think this story is a great reminder about the balance we are meant to strike with money. God provides money as a tool for us to take care of ourselves, but also to take care of each other. When used well, it can help, heal, and build bridges between people – even the smallest amount can do a lot good. And the more we loosen our grip on what we have, the more we honor the God who gave it to us.
“But for money and the need of it, there would not be half the friendship in the world. It is powerful for good if divinely used. Give it plenty of air and it is sweet as the hawthorn; shut it up and it cankers and breeds worms.”
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”
1 Timothy 6:17-19