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Read Luke 12:13-21

Thursday

Read Luke 12:13-21

13 A man in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide with me the property our father left us.”

14 Jesus answered him, “Friend, who gave me the right to judge or to divide the property between you two?” 15 And he went on to say to them all, “Watch out and guard yourselves from every kind of greed; because your true life is not made up of the things you own, no matter how rich you may be.”

16 Then Jesus told them this parable: “There was once a rich man who had land which bore good crops. 17 He began to think to himself, ‘I don't have a place to keep all my crops. What can I do? 18 This is what I will do,’ he told himself; ‘I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, where I will store the grain and all my other goods. 19 Then I will say to myself, Lucky man! You have all the good things you need for many years. Take life easy, eat, drink, and enjoy yourself!’ 20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night you will have to give up your life; then who will get all these things you have kept for yourself?’”

21 And Jesus concluded, “This is how it is with those who pile up riches for themselves but are not rich in God's sight.”

Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Think

"But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night you will have to give up your life; then who will get all these things you have kept for yourself?’”" (Verse 20)
Jesus paints God as an elaborate prankster; allowing this rich and greedy man to fall for his own foolishness.  What do you prioritize today that God might point out to you as foolish?  What do you prioritize that is wise?

Pray

Lord teach me to be wise and not foolish.


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