Turn a Blind Eye to Greed? (Luke 12:13-21)

Sonal Davda, 4th October 2015
Part of the What would Jesus (really) do? series, preached at a Sunday Evening service

Greed is more subtle than the other 'deadly' sins, as we can commit it without really knowing it.
Jesus draws the line between greed and not greed very close to ourselves. We need to be rich towards God rather than hoarding our material possessions, and being rich towards God may mean investing in his Kingdom rather than in things that are transient such as money and possessions.

Tags: greed, Parables of Jesus

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Luke 12:13–21 (Listen)

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 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.” 16 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 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. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”


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