What does your life consist of?

I’ve been studying a passage from Luke for this week’s message.  I am going to be talking about investing in your future.  As I was studying the parable of the Rich Fool in Luke, I came across a phrase that Jesus said that really stuck with me.

Luke 12:15b
…a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.

Most of the time we probably do feel that our life consist of how much or how little we have.  In the context of this passage it seems Jesus has a different perspective than we often do.  He knows that our possession, whether few or many, are only temporal.  You can’t take ’em with you.

I guess what our life really consists of is what we can take with us.  What can we take with us?  Well, our relationships.  The people we invest in for eternity will be there.  Also money that we give for God’s purpose on earth will bring us a great return in heaven.  Jesus said that he is going to give a reward to each of us according to our deeds.  Also, I believe that who we become on this earth (inside) is who we will be in heaven.  The Bible says we get a new body, not necessarily a new spirit or mind.  In fact Jesus met with his disciples after his resurrection and was in many ways the same Jesus.

So, what are you taking with you?  Does your life consist of building an abundance of temporary possessions or are you saving for your future?

551 thoughts on “What does your life consist of?

  1. I have thought about this many times, especially when the urge arises to go into debt to get that new big television or new car. Despite the temptation to keep up with the Jones’, I remind myself to be content with the things that I have.

    My television constantly reminds me that the world presents very finite metrics by which to measure our success in life : money and beauty. That is, if I wear the nicest clothes, drive an expensive car, live in a giant house, and have perfect teeth to match my perfect body then I have achieved success. I refuse to buy into that lie; rather, I consider myself as truly wealthy in a different regard: Everyone in my family is healthy, we always have food to eat when we are hungry, all of our bills are paid, we have two cars that start every time I turn the key (yet we have no car payments), we have wonderful friends, a wonderful church, and really want for nothing.

    When I face those temptations to live beyond my means, I remind myself that I’ve lived every day up until now without that luxury item and that I will probably survive another. It’s not that owning the “things” in life is bad, but as I’m sure you’ve heard it said, the problem occurs when the “things” start owning us.

  2. Amen Roy. When we finally understand what is really important in our lives that’s when I believe we can start enjoying life.

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