And He said unto him, “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”
In Luke 12:13-21, Yeshua (Jesus), is approached by a man who wants his brother to divide the inheritance with him. The focus of the man is clearly on material things, things of this world, things that we do not get to take with us when we pass away, things that have no value in eternity. Yeshua responds to him and warns him of the danger of coveting these earthly possessions.
In verses 16-21 He proceeds to tell His audience a parable about a farmer… a rich farmer. The farmer’s focus is on his earthly wealth, maximizing his riches and laying up these temporary treasures. In these material things he finds his security, as he tells himself “…thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry (verse 19).”
But Yeshua quickly follows up with the words in Luke 15:20-21 below.
But God said unto him, “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?”
So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
It is easy to covet the material things of this world. It is easy to pursue money first. But the things of this world are indeed temporary. This world, along with the people that live in it and the possessions they have, will pass away. So we must have an eternal perspective. It is okay to want to get a raise, and to make a lot of money, and have nice things within reason. But money and things we buy should not be idolized above all else.
Believers in Christ must remind themselves to have an eternal perspective in the workplace, and ask God how they can be lights to those around them each day. And if you do not know and follow Christ as your LORD and Savior, then I encourage you to seek Him and His word, the Bible. Discover who Christ is by reading His Scriptures, and commit your life to Him.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Eternity waits for all of us, whether heaven or hell, and reminding myself of this helps me to remember my true priorities in my personal and work life. Following Christ, leading my family in doing the same, and sharing the truths found in Scripture with others come first in my life. I must consistently reset my perspective in order to live this out. Material things can be useful and enjoyed. Money can be a blessing. But hopefully each of us can remember that we are all eternal beings, and hopefully we can commit to putting Christ first in our daily lives.