Our scripture for this week, Luke 12:13-21, often has the heading “The Rich Fool”. Jesus begins this lesson after being asked to referee a dispute between two brothers over their inheritance. He declines to become involved in their argument, and teaches about our heavenly inheritance and how our focus on earthly things can keep us from connecting with God as we should.

Jesus has often spoken about the danger of wanting what we don’t have. This is such a problem for humans that God made it part of the Ten Commandments, “Thou shalt not covet…” (Exodus 20:17). While there is nothing wrong with wanting to better ourselves, Jesus reminds us that a rich relationship with God is eternal while possessions and wealth are temporary.

Jesus warns us of becoming so concerned about what we own that we forget who we are – children of the Heavenly Father, made in His image to do His will. When we worry excessively about our finances we can neglect our relationship with God and others. Jesus wants us to know this loving connection with God that is the basis for our happiness and the very source of our lives. Don’t be a rich fool, concerned only with material goods! Love God first and foremost and your life will be changed!

Gracious God, we are distracted by the lure of wealth, thinking it can buy us happiness. Show us the true joy that only comes from a sincere and constant connection to You, and the blessing of being part of Your plan for all things. Amen.

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