Great Plains Daily Devotional for 8/1/2022

Today please be in prayer for

Lee Memorial Health System, Cape Coral F
Wichita East District
Chaplain Columbus Air Force Base, MO
US Air Force
Wichita East District
Assistant Professor
Seattle Pacific University
Wichita East District
Brownsville UMC, Bremerton, WA - Pacific Northwest Conference
University Leitourgia Project
Wichita East District

Today's Lectionary Text

Luke 12:13-21

Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

Today's Devotional

How much is too much? Today we save for rainy days, for that retirement nest egg.  You know and I know that we can't take it with us.  We invest, we make plans for the funds we will have when we are gone.  How different are we from the brothers in the gospel? 

We get a better job, we buy a bigger house.  We give to various causes but always have an eye to savings.  Most of us can't fathom those who haven't saved for the future in some way or another, but that seems to be what Jesus is against...but is it?

Where is the line between enough and more than enough? And how do we spend that money wisely in a way that makes the most of what God has given to us?

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