Scripture | Luke 12:19-20
“And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” 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?”
And he told this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “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. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” 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?’ “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” NIV
In Luke 12, we’re taught by a rich man how NOT to invest our resources. This man was faced with a good problem. His blessings were so numerous that he ran out of room to house all he had been given. The rich man’s solution was to create more room to store his blessings so they might be enjoyed later. He never considered that he might not be around later. Nor did he take into consideration that his abundance wasn’t for himself, it was for the Kingdom.
A few months ago I took a trip back to my hometown in Mississippi. While there, I got up before dawn one day to walk through my old neighborhood. Feeling nostalgic, I strolled by the run down Elementary School I once attended. Then I walked by the tiny shack we called home in the 70’s. As I reflected on my life, I became more aware of the faithfulness of God and how truly blessed I am. As I walked, I meditated on Ephesians 3:20. I understood that my life has become a living testimony that God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all I could ever ask or think.
I also realized that His blessings weren’t just for me and my family. All that I am and all that I’ve been given is for me to reinvest into the Kingdom of God. Kingdom investing is depositing your time, talents, and resources into God’s kingdom on earth, so that you might receive a profitable return in heaven. As God’s children, the purpose of our time, money, talent, abilities, gifts, intellect, possessions and all that we have, is to glorify God by giving it back to Him. Although our blessings may appear natural and temporal, they have spiritual and eternal value when sown into His Kingdom.
God we thank you for blessing us beyond measure and we commit to honoring you with our substance today, because tomorrow is not promised.