A man that had much more than he could even store decided to tear down his existing barns and rebuild bigger barns to hold all his stuff. He then sat back with a smile on his face thinking of his own greatness and said to himself “I have a lot of things. Barns busting at the seams. I have acquired many things. I am gonna kick back and take it easy.”
As he kicked back looking over all the stuff he had acquired, he closed his eyes and dozed off to sleep. And he never woke up.
He left a lot of stuff behind him, but what did he really leave behind?
What did his family do with all that stuff?
Were they happy to have the stuff or were they longing for another day with him?
Did he even know his family or had he left a wake of destruction in his path to having things?
Jesus gave us this parable not to say that wealth or having nice things is bad. It is not even to say that having a lot of things is bad. But it is a great reminder to us that we leave more than just stuff.
Leaving a legacy is more than just an inheritance or trust fund. It’s the small moments. The bedtime stories. The knowledge we pass on as we walk in the woods. The laughs we share while not catching fish. The smiles, winks, and thumbs up we give.
When it comes our time and we kick back and close our eyes for the last time, the things we have acquired will not matter. But the legacy, the moments that we created, the memories we leave behind will live long and be prized more than any possession they can hold.
What are you leaving behind? What legacy will you leave? It is up to you!
Someone from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”Luke 12:13-21
“Friend,” he said to him, “who appointed me a judge or arbitrator over you?” He then told them, “Watch out and be on guard against all greed, because one’s life is not in the abundance of his possessions.”
Then he told them a parable: “A rich man’s land was very productive. He thought to himself, ‘What should I do, since I don’t have anywhere to store my crops? I will do this,’ he said. ‘I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones and store all my grain and my goods there. Then I’ll say to myself, “You have many goods stored up for many years. Take it easy; eat, drink, and enjoy yourself.”’
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is demanded of you. And the things you have prepared—whose will they be?”
“That’s how it is with the one who stores up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”