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?


  1. says

    Great post Jay. I’m reminded of a point you make in your book: ‘if God has blessed you with the wisdom and knowledge to be able to build wealth then you should do it.’ Of course with the pretext that you’ll be using that wealth to further His kingdom. I’ll probably be chewing on this one for a while!

  2. Jay Peroni says

    So true! We often have to “train” our attitude that earthly wealth (though important while here on earth) cannot be taken with us. We have to use the resources He provides wisely to further His kingdom, bless our families, and others.

  3. says

    Wow, great question and great post Jay.
    This is something I have been struggling especially trying to move from the mortgage business to the coaching business. I have been successful in the mortgage business, provided for my family and put money away. But I believe it is not God’s vision for me to help get people in debt. Nothing against this profession but after what our family has been through….we know its not our calling! In fact, its the complete opposite……get people out of bondage.
    The tug between so called “safe” money and giving glory to God seems to be one from the beginning of time….

  4. Jay Peroni says

    My pleasure Ken…I love helping people see what we are here for – glorifying Him!

  5. Ernestine says

    I think that when we help others build wealth we will be helping ourselves as well. It doesn’t have to be money, it could also be a life lesson.

  6. Jay Peroni says

    Well said Ernestine. God can use our time, talent, and treasure to help bless our families and others!

  7. Patsy Edmonds says

    I enjoyed this post. It does make me think. Since retiring last August 2009, and not bringing in as much, I try to live within my means and have not been able to save as I desire. I am faithful with giving to God first. I think it is God’s will to leave a legacy for our children and grandchildren. I also thin it is great if you can bless the ministry of God as well.

  8. Jay Peroni says

    Thanks for your input Patsy. It’s a tough dilemma isn’t it? I really think it depends on where our children are financially and spiritually. We don’t want to pass wealth without wisdom. If our children love the Lord and our estate can be either a good witnessing tool or a way to show God’s love, I’m all for it. However if what we leave for our children and grandchildren is going to hinder their faith, we have to be very careful… Also if our children are well off, do they need more money? These are the questions I often think about… Thank you for stopping by!

  9. Jane says

    This is one of the difficult questions of life and money.

    I have a friend that recieved two inheritances. One inheritace was quite small monentary but the relative left a rich legacy of letters, small handmade gifts and emotional support for each of her heirs. The other relative left a big pile of money and a wake of emotional destruction. The relative with lots of money had mixed up priorities and often left her heirs feeling short changed.

    Bottom line… you need to put Christ first, your family second, and church/ service to others third. We have a huge responsibility to teach our children well. As parents we need to instruct our children in how to follow Christ, give unselfish service to others, and the correct attitudes toward money.

  10. Jay Peroni says

    Awesome testimony! I love stories like this. Thank you so much for generously sharing. It is comments like this that reinforces why I love doing what I do each day. We can impact many future generations if we put Him first and work diligently to help others do the same!


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