By Frank Pollard
"When You Really Have It Made"
Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my
brother to divide the inheritance with me." Jesus replied,
"Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbitrator between
you?" Then he said to them, "Watch out. Be on your guard
against all kinds of greed. A man's life does not consist
in the abundance of his possessions."
Then he told them this parable: "The ground of a
certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to
himself, 'what shall I do? I have no place to store my
crops.' Then he said, 'This is what I will do. I will
tear down my barns and build bigger ones and there I will
store all my grain and my goods and I will say to myself,
You have plenty of good things 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 for anyone who stores up
things for himself but is not rich toward God."
According to Luke, Chapter 12 and verse 1, thousands
of people were packed around Jesus and one man shoved his
way through the crowd and shouted, 'Lord, I have a favor to
ask. Make my brother divide the inh.eritance-," A
convincing proof of the divine wisdom of our Lord is that
He would not get involved in that. Nothing divides a
family more quickly than fussing over who gets what. "That
is not my business," said Christ. "But you are my business
and I must warn you about greed. Greed will not tell you
the truth. Greed tells you a gigantic lie. How does greed
lie to us? It tells us that life consists in the abundance
of our possessions. We had better hang around that line a
little bit. We live a little too close to the idea that
greed is good.
One of Wall Street's most successful men for a while,
he has been in and out of prison, said: "Greed is
wonderful. Greed is the secret of my success." Have we
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