The Parable of the Wealthy Man | I will remember that Jesus is the most important.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.
Matthew 6:33 NLT
Jesus was talking to His disciples and encouraging them to confess. He was then interrupted by a person in the crowd. This person said “Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father’s estate with me.” Just then He began to teach about the dangers of wealth and greed: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all of my crops.’ 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. 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!’” But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’”
This parable teaches us that we should focus on having a rich relationship with God instead of dwelling on our own earthly wealth and possessions. In the parable, the wealthy man was only thinking about himself and his wealth. However, we need to remember that Jesus is by far greater and more important than our finances or any other materialistic thing we could have. Knowing Jesus and having Him in our hearts is the most valuable thing in the world.
Questions to think about:
- Do I put too much of a focus into materialistic things?
- What or who do I prioritize most in my life?
- How can I continuously work on having a “rich” relationship with Jesus?
- Why is my relationship with Jesus the most important thing in my life?