Luke 12:19 Taking Life Easy

“And I’ll say to myself, You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” Luke 12:19

Jesus told a parable about a rich man who had everything going for him. He had grain in excess. His “bank” account was very large and growing. Then he made the statement that he could now take it easy and have a good time in life. The next verse shows how God took his life because he was not doing things for God.

Everywhere you look you will see the desire and push for more wealth. Everyday you are bombarded with statements that you need the newest and best of everything.

If your bank account is not big enough, you will not be happy. If you are not driving the newest car, you will not be happy. If you cannot sit back and just drink, you will not be happy. The list goes on forever.

Yet, despite all the wealth and great things a person has, it will not mean a thing when death comes. Look at every funeral procession, what goes to the grave site: just the dead person, nothing more. You cannot take your possessions with you to the grave. Once you are dead, someone else gets all your stuff.

God stated it in the Old Testament, and Jesus repeated in the New Testament that the only two things that man is supposed to strive for are: 1) loving God with all the heart, mind, soul, and strength, and 2) loving other people.

This takes work to do. You cannot sit back and take it easy as you love God and others with everything in you. There is always someone who needs to hear about Jesus. There is always someone who is in need of something, if nothing else…prayer.

Seek God in what you are to be doing for Him. What are you to do with what He has blessed you with? Do not hoard it to yourself, be generous and loving. Work at building His kingdom, not yours.

I pray today that God will show you the work He has for you to do; that you will seek to do His will in everything; that you will put God and His kingdom first in your life; that you will not fill your life with meaningless things; and that God will build His kingdom through you.


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