The story of the rich farmer reminds us that a bountiful harvest comes from God. It is God’s wealth that is given to feed the hungry, care for the sick and bring well-being to all of Creation.
The world is not under-resourced—it is super-abundant. It is a human problem that causes us to destroy and deplete far beyond what is needed. It is a human problem that prevents adequate food, basic healthcare and safe drinking water from being readily available to the poorest.
God says to the rich man:
Our greatest sin may not be that we are self-absorbed and self-seeking; it may be that our greatest sin is stinginess toward God.
When we acknowledge that our income, our family, our strength, our talent, our birthplace and success come from the Lord—we can then live a life of worship towards God.
We will not be planning our next comfort expense, but rather thinking of how to invest ourselves into the work of God’s Kingdom.
Are you still on your way up the success ladder or have you started planning the downsizing? God’s version of the Forbes 500 has another way of measuring the soul of a man.
Those who are richest toward God are the most generous and humble. The richest toward God give it all away. They do not hoard or keep multiples of anything. They get by with fewer needs than most. They are not afraid of hunger or failure. The richest toward God may not have silver and gold to give, but they might bring God’s riches to bear on your life. They might visit you when you are in prison. They might be taking care of you when you are sick. The richest toward God feed you when you are hungry and give you their clothes when you have none.
Matthew Henry said, ‘The things of the world will not suit the nature of a soul, nor supply its needs, nor satisfy its desires, nor last so long as it will last.’ [i]
Is your soul rich toward God? What have you done to invest in His Kingdom? This is a radical investment that cannot be taken from you.