Bigger Barns? Or More Kingdom Work?
Where are you storing money?
Proverbs 13:11 talks about accumulating, saying ―”he who gathers money little by little makes it grow”. And we usually use the word “diversification” when we mention Ecclesiastes 11:2 which says to “Give portions to seven, yes to eight, for you do not know what disaster may come upon the land”. There’s also the question, of course, of ―How much is enough?
As Christians we must develop a discerning about the difference between investing and hoarding. Consider the illustration of the successful farmer from Luke 12:16-21: tearing down his barns to build bigger barns.
“And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ‘
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
“This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.”
Yet building a bigger barn, Jesus calls him a fool. I sometimes ask when I’m considering a certain goal – or helping a client to work toward a goal – ―is this a self-centered goal or a Christ-centered goal?
Do your goals concentrate on building a bigger barn or building a bigger kingdom? What are your thoughts? Should we build wealth for our children and grandchildren or use wealth to build churches, ministries, and help the less fortunate?
The human side of me often wrestles with this. I want to provide for my kids but I strive to create a legacy that passes wisdom along with wealth while also impacting the generations to come. How about you?