Dying to Greed, Rising to Generosity

James Ballinger | Jun 27, 2021

Topics: Giving

Scripture: Luke 12:13-33

The Parable of the Rich Fool

13 Someone from the crowd said to him, “Teacher,(A) tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

14 “Friend,”[a] he said to him, “who appointed me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 He then told them, “Watch out and be on guard(B) against all greed,(C) because one’s life is not in the abundance of his possessions.”(D)

16 Then he told them a parable:(E) “A rich(F) man’s land was very productive. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What should I do, since I don’t have anywhere to store my crops? 18 I will do this,’ he said. ‘I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones and store all my grain and my goods there. 19 Then I’ll say to myself, “You have many goods stored up for many years. Take it easy;(G) eat, drink, and enjoy yourself.”’(H)

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool!(I) This very night your life is demanded of you. And the things you have prepared—whose will they be?’(J)

21 “That’s how it is with the one who stores up treasure(K) for himself and is not rich toward God.”(L)

The Cure for Anxiety

22 Then he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you,(M) don’t worry about your life, what you will eat; or about the body, what you will wear.(N) 23 For life is more than food and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens:(O) They don’t sow or reap; they don’t have a storeroom or a barn; yet God feeds them.(P) Aren’t you worth much more than the birds? 25 Can any of you add one moment to his life span[b] by worrying?(Q) 26 If then you’re not able to do even a little thing, why worry about the rest?

27 “Consider how the wildflowers grow: They don’t labor or spin thread. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon(R) in all his splendor was adorned like one of these. 28 If that’s how God clothes the grass, which is in the field today and is thrown into the furnace tomorrow, how much more will he do for you—you of little faith?(S) 29 Don’t strive for what you should eat and what you should drink, and don’t be anxious. 30 For the Gentile world eagerly seeks(T) all these things, and your Father(U) knows that you need them.

31 “But seek his kingdom,(V) and these things will be provided for you.(W) 32 Don’t be afraid,(X) little flock,(Y) because your Father delights(Z) to give you the kingdom.(AA) 33 Sell(AB) your possessions and give to the poor.(AC) Make money-bags(AD) for yourselves that won’t grow old, an inexhaustible treasure(AE) in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.

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  1. 12:14 Lit Man
  2. 12:25 Or add a cubit to his height

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