The Tyranny Of The Frivolous

Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
Luke 12.13-21 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to
divide the inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge
or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard
against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his
possessions.” And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man
produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have
nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: 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 ample goods laid up for many years;
relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is
required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is
the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

I’ve always thought Jesus was a little tough on this guy. All he wanted after all
was just what was coming to him. It seems so normal, so justified. Got a
problem with injustice? Take it to God in prayer. Or so our counsel normally
goes. And certainly it is true at the root. But it is just such occasions which can
be opportunities for quantum leaps forward both in our understanding of spiritual
matters, and in terms of understanding our own hearts. The first question our
friend here needed to ask himself – the first question I need to ask myself
before getting God to straighten someone else out is – What does this matter in
terms of my progress toward the Kingdom? Really, what does it matter? What if
it never gets straightened out, how will I live differently? And what if it does,
what impact is it really going to have on my growth in the image of Christ? And
if the answer to either is – not much – then what in the world am I doing wasting
MY time and effort on it, let alone God’s? Is it not a case of just plain aiming too
low? Being caught up in “stuff” when Christ is to be had? Imagine – this guy
stood before the Son of God and had an opportunity to ask anything, anything at
all. He could have taken this moment to probe great eternal truths. Instead, he
asked to get some money. When Jesus had just been preaching about how God
cares for us and numbers even the hairs on our heads. I am so much like this
man. Oh Lord – deliver us from the tyanny of the frivolous.


One thought on “The Tyranny Of The Frivolous

  1. Man, don’t we ALL suffer from that disease?? So easy to major on the minors isn’t it? Thank You for the reminder!! Hopefully I can keep it in practice for at least today!! (wink)

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