Saturday Reflection- 13 July 2019
Jesus said, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions. Luke 12:15
I can always remember the time for Young People’s Hymn at Holy Cross when the hymn sung would be “Just as I am thine own to be’, specifically verse 4
With many dreams of fame and gold,
Success and joy to make me bold,
But dearer still my faith to hold,
For my whole life, I come.
With that hymn in mind, we reflect on today’s doctrinal text where Jesus warns the people not to be consumed with what we can possess in this life and that becomes the driving factor to everything that we do. Our sole purpose, the unhanded motive, everything is in an effort to earn. Jesus wants to us to hold a holistic view and not blinded by the achievement of wealth, power, status and possessions. It’s not that we must be minded on success but it must not engulf everything else in life.
In chapter 12 of Luke’s gospel, Jesus encounters a rich man who asks Jesus to order his brother to divide his inheritance with him. After sharing today’s doctrinal text, Jesus goes on to tell a popular parable of a man who grows a large harvest and as a result does not have the space to store his crops. So he decides to tear down his barns and build bigger ones. He stores his crops and says that he has down well and now has the time to take life easy, eat, drink and be merry. There God says to him “Thou fool, this night thy soul is required of thee.” And asks him, who will benefit from what he has put aside. He warns the people that this is how it will be when one is rich in possessions and not rich towards God.
Heal Thy children’s warring madness,
Bend our pride to Thy control;
Shame our wanton selfish gladness
Rich in things and poor in soul.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
Lest we miss Thy kingdom’s goal. (God of grace and God of glory, verse 3)
My brothers and sisters, in our pursuit of life, liberty and happiness, let us ensure that we have spent the time with family, friends and loved ones, enjoying our professions and calls in life. But most of all, let us know our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the giver of all, and let us have a relationship with him. Let us prayers not only be consumed with our wants and earthly desires, but like Solomon let us pray for wisdom and understanding that we may discern the things of God. Let us not store our treasures on earth where moth and rust corrupt and where thieves break in and steal, but store treasures in heaven where moth and rust cannot corrupt and where thieves cannot break in and steal. As we know, that if our earthly house is dissolved we have a building not made with hands, eternal in heavens. And reiterating last week’s point, freely we have received, freely give. That’s the challenge God give us when he says Prove me, that I will not pour a blessing that you will not have room enough to receive it. Let not live a life that is consumed and driven by our material possessions, but live a life, that is consumed and driven by God. For where our treasure is, there will our hearts be also.
Until next week, let us make God our vision, our wisdom, our breastplate, our all-in-all, let us not be blinded by all this world can afford, that we go through all means necessary to attain it. But let’s seek first the kingdom of God all his righteousness, then, everything else will be added unto you. My brothers and sisters, let’s look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith and surely all the things of this world will grow strangely dim, in the light of his glory and grace.
Dominic J. Blair