Am I wasting my time on the wrong things ?

Yesterday we took the time to understand the background and culture of the reading of Luke 12:13.  “Someone in the crowd said to him, (Jesus), ‘Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.'”  This person is asking Jesus to be the mediator we chatted about.  But how did Jesus respond?

First, let’s take a closer look back in time:
The peasants of this Mediterranean society believed that all that exists ~ already exists ~ and has been distributed accordingly.  If you grew in your wealth, your health, your honor, etc.  then you have taken this at someone else’s loss.  Essentially you were a thief.  If you actively thought about it and took the steps necessary to obtain more for yourself, then you were considered GREEDY.  Stop and think:  How does this contrast with how our society accepts us growing in possessions, power, wealth, etc.

Jesus probably did not want to fall into this trap nor does he desire you or anyone else to fall into this trap.   Jesus humbly turns down this offer to be mediator. Jesus teaches him how he is wasting his energy on the wrong things, there is something more important. Jesus instead teaches him and us with the Parable of the Rich Fool to “take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” (Luke 12:15)

Tomorrow we will reflect more on the dangers of being “Possessed by Possessions”.

Peace & Goodness,


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