It Belongs to God

When does self-sufficiency turn into greed? There are plenty of pat answers to that question, but I think it’s more complicated than it might seem on the surface. Certainly by the time accumulation of “stuff” (however you define that) becomes a driving factor in life the line has been crossed a while back. 


Consider the story of the wealthy farmer in Luke 12: 


16And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 

18“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 


It seems to me that the sin here was not in reaping an abundant harvest. As in the encounter with the rich, young would-be disciple, the actual wealth was a neutral factor. The issue was the farmer’s reaction to the bountiful harvest. His plan was not to seek God’s council, to share with the less fortunate, or even to tithe a portion. It was to hoard it in such a way (bigger barns) as to be obvious to all around. However, the action that made Jesus refer to him as a fool, was the assumption that he could hoard time for himself. Our time belongs to God, and our days are numbered from our conception to the grave. Thank the Lord I don’t know what my number is, but I definitely have one. And it could well be this very night. 


In Psalm 90:12, which is attributed to Moses, he asks God: 


Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. 


Whatever we have—bountiful or sparse—belongs to God. Let us remember to number our days and use what we have as though every seed and every cent and every second belongs to Him. Because it does. 

In Him,