And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” ‘ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ “So is he who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”Luke 12:19-21 NKJV
“Rich toward God?” That’s an odd phrase. The preposition implies a direction, not a location. My wealth, whatever I have that I think is mine to control, is moving in a direction. The guy in this story was rich toward himself. He had lots of stuff, and his sole concern was how he would store it up for himself. He was the object of his own affection. God pointed out that, though he was rich in stuff, he was not rich in time. In fact, his time would run out that very night. Oops! Reading this story again this week, I was prompted to think, “If my time ran out tonight, would I be happy with the direction of my investments today?”
As we head for our church services this wonderful Sunday, take a minute to think about your investments. Toward whom or what are you rich? In what direction do you aim your finances? Your time? Your passion? Your influence? If life is all about reserving these things for yourself, maybe it’s time for a change of direction. Your life is moving toward something. If it keeps going the way it’s headed, where will you end up? Consider being rich toward God.