"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" (Luke 12:18, NIV).
In one of Jesus’ parables, He shared the story of a farmer who had an abundant harvest. This farmer decided he would take his abundance and store it up, so he’d have grain for years to come. Then he could relax and enjoy his wealth.
So, he tore down his current barn and built another. But the farmer dies and leaves behind all his wealth before he can put his plan into motion.
The point of the parable is not that it’s wrong to be wealthy. Rather, Jesus wanted to point out that the farmer kept all his abundance for himself and hoarded.
When God has blessed you with more than enough in an area of your life, it can be tempting to cling to it. God may bless you with more than enough money, more than enough health, or more than enough family.
Instead of keeping what God gives you to yourself, look for a way to share it with others, too. For example, if you’re healthy, volunteer to run errands for someone who is sick. If you’re surrounded by family, welcome someone into your life who is alone and needs community.
God, when I see all you’ve blessed me with, let me respond by sharing. I don’t want to spend my life trying to hoard what you’ve so generously given to me. From abundance, let me be a blessing to someone else. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Questions for Thought and Application
What are some things you’ve been given that you’re hesitant to share with others?
Why do you think it’s important to share what we have with others?
What are some ways that we can share what we have with others?
How do you think God wants us to share what we have with others?