Guarding Against Greed: Luke 12:13-34

Focus Passage: Luke 12:13-34 (NASB)

At one point while Jesus is teaching, a person called a question out to Him from the crowd. While I am sure this was something that may have regularly happened, this particular time gets recorded in Luke’s gospel, and it shifts the focus of Jesus’ teaching onto a new topic.

Luke tells us in his gospel that “Someone in the crowd said to Him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.’” (v. 13)

Jesus immediately responded to the man by saying, “Man, who appointed Me a judge or arbitrator over you?” (v. 14)

This brief conversation shifts the focus of the entire discussion, because then Jesus begins to teach everyone saying, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.” (v. 15)

The statement Jesus shares to this crowd is incredibly powerful. Greed focuses on defining itself through what can be accumulated, saved, purchased, and/or simply gained. However, the trap of greed makes us believe that our life’s value is based on the number of possessions we have, the size of our home, the make and model of our vehicle, and on our overall net worth. Greed is sneaky, because while most people would openly deny living for the accumulation of more, if one were to observe how most people live, many decisions are made with this in mind.

Jesus challenges everyone – both Christians as well as non-Christians – to not fall into greed’s trap. Your life is so much more valuable than what you earn or what you own. Those things are temporary. Jesus came and paid the price of sin because He values your life over your stuff.

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