In Luke 12:16-21, Jesus tells us a story about a rich man whose land produces plentifully. He asks a great question: “What do I do with all I have?” His answer: “I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my grain and my goods.” There is nothing wrong with building and expanding; we are in that very process here at M2L. The problem lies in a little two-lettered pronoun — MY. It shows that the root of his thinking is the faulty reasoning that life’s security and significance is in what I have achieved for myself. His faulty conclusion is that his possessions were the basis of his soul’s rest. “I have my 401k, my annuities, retirement, etc. — so I am set for life.”
The outcome of the story is sad. Instead the wise man he saw himself to be, Jesus pronounced him fool. The fool can be defined as the person who, no matter how clever he fashions himself, is thinking and acting in opposition to God’s truth, who places self first and takes his soul for granted, who invests all in this world and little to nothing in what is eternal.
We dare not allow ourselves individually, or as a body of Christ corporately, to buy into this world’s achieving system that says that where I have arrived today, that which I have achieved and amasses, becomes the basis for the next day. In other words, I am building today on that which I built yesterday.
What are you trusting in for your future? Are you trusting in that which can be taken from you or in that which is eternal?
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
For our light momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outshines them all.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen.
For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18