by Tony Nester

The Things That Matter Most
Tony R. Nester
Luke 12:16-21

If Jesus were to tell this parable today he might have made it a Thanksgiving Day story.

The story is about a farmer at harvest time. The harvest was especially good -- So good this farmer had more crops to store than his barns could hold. He was so confident about his farming future that he decided that he would tear down his barns and build bigger ones. His pride swelled up and he said to himself, "Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry."

But that very night he woke up in a sweat from a nightmare. In his dream he found himself summoned by God who said to him, "You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?"

In the morning the servants find their rich Master dead in bed having died from a sudden and massive heart attack. The man's relatives fight over the will and in the end his farm becomes someone else's property.

"This man," said Jesus, "seemed rich to everyone who looked at him. He was prospering as a farmer. But everything he owned was temporary. None of his money had bought him anything that his soul could hold onto. In his death he discovered that he had nothing at all -- he was an empty soul."

Jesus brings the point home: {21} So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.""

The Thanksgiving Holiday is a time to remember what matters most. It's meant to be a reality check for us. It's a good time to adjust our attitude and our schedules so that the things that matter most aren't getting lost from our attention and our time. It's a time for shifting our priorities so that we become rich toward God instead of empty souls.

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