Have you ever calculated your personal net worth? Basically, you add up all your assets—cash, investments, your home, cars, or anything else you own—and then subtract your loans, mortgage, and debts. Any financial advisor will tell you this is where you determine your financial health, and every monetary decision should be made with the hopes to increase your net worth.
Is this your focus? Do you put more of your attention toward accruing possessions, buying a better house, upgrading your car, and buying the next best thing than you do toward God and growing a relationship with Him?
When Jesus was talking to His disciples about the trials they would surely face ahead, someone interrupted from the crowd, shouting, “Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father’s estate with me.” Clearly, he was not as interested to learn about and get to know the Son of God standing before Him; he was concerned about his rightful estate.
Jesus replied, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”
In other words, life is not measured by your net worth. Yes, it’s wise to increase your assets and minimize your liabilities—Jesus also taught about being wise stewards of our money. But the point here is that our focus and pursuit of daily life should not be on our assets and wanting more. This greed and discontentment will get us nowhere but misery. Rather, pursue a rich relationship with Christ above all else, and you’ll have wealth beyond measure.
1. Reflect on Jesus’ words: “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.” If you were among the crowd listening to those words back then, how would you react?
2. If you’re being honest with yourself, do you spend more time paying attention to what you have and what you lack, or is your mind rightfully focused on God?
Parable of the Rich Fool
13 Then someone called from the crowd, “Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father’s estate with me.”
14 Jesus replied, “Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?” 15 Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”
16 Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. 17 He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ 18 Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. 19 And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’
21 “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”