Who Really is Rich?
Jesus challenges our idea of what it means to be rich.
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Today's sermon soundbite comes from Luke, chapter 12, verse 21, after Jesus tells the parable of the rich fool, a man who has an incredible year of business, yet all he does is store it up for himself to spend on himself, thinking that that will bring him contentment. That night, God comes to him and says, "You fool. This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?" Jesus says in verse 21, "So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God." So, the question is, who really is rich?
So, who is rich? Well, let me tell you a story. Imagine a lady who was in a home, and not only does she not have all of the knowledge of the world, but because of Alzheimer's eating holes through her brain, she can't even remember her own name. And there she is, and you know she's having really no pleasure. She can't even taste the food she's eating. As far as money, well, she has some, but can she use it? And her kids are already trying to figure out how they're going to spend it. But deep down in her heart she knows. I'm talking about relational knowing. She knows that she is beloved by God, that she is loved with the infinite love of God.
That woman, she is rich, because that will not be taken from her. She may forget her own name, but God remembers her name. She may not be able to taste her own food, but God takes pleasure in loving and knowing her. Like all of us, at the end of her life she doesn't have two pennies to rub together, but you know who knows her? The God who is the owner and King of the universe.
Who is rich? Is it the one who seeks pleasure? Is it the one who seeks money, the one that seeks information? No. It's the one who's rich towards God. That is true riches that no one can take away from you. It's the knowledge that deep down in your heart that I am loved by God.
Thank you for listening to the Light Of Christ Weekly Podcast. Let us end our time together with a prayer from the Book Of Common Prayer. You can find this prayer for those we love on page 662.
“Almighty God, we entrust all who are dear to us to your never failing care and love, for this life and the life to come, knowing that you are doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.”