Daily Devotions

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Proverbs 27:1

Proper Use Of Resources

Jesus told a parable to the crowd, saying, "The land of a rich man was very productive. And he began reasoning to himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?' Then he said, 'This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry."' But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?'" (Luke 12:16-20, NASB) Then He added in the next verse, "So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."

Materialism is a strong draw on virtually all people. There are some that have possessions and are concerned about how to keep them and protect them. Then there are others who do not have certain possessions and yearn for them. The focus for these people, and for the rich man in the parable, is on how to make one's life more comfortable. The problem with such motivation is that no one is guaranteed time to enjoy that stuff.

If God has so blessed you with money or possessions that are not absolutely critical to your survival, and this applies to most people around the world, you are now tasked with determining for what purpose those blessings were bestowed. You can choose to simply hoard them for yourself, but then again, you don't even know what tomorrow will bring. Or you can use the resources to reach a lost world, to spiritually equip the saints, or otherwise glorify God. What will you do? (VAL)

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