We read about and we hear about it constantly. Someone dies and all of a sudden there is an eruption in the family about what a WILL says or does not say; sometimes it does not even exist. What really is confusing is that some in the family says that it was believed to be entirely different and it must have been changed because of pressure; even mental deterioration may spring into the center of it. What a mess!
That which catches my attention in Luke 12, where “someone in the crowd” was endeavoring to manipulate Jesus into disclosing his opinion about an inheritance! First our Lord places the burden of such a responsibility in the hands of the one in control. If there is a personal responsibility, it remains the decision of that individual. If one feels he has been left nothing, do not let greed produce the quest to obtain part of the inheritance. Remember, you had nothing and therefore you have lost nothing.
Jesus moves on to speak of the one who has great possessions. Such an individual can become as greedy as the person who was requesting Jesus give His opinion on who is “Mr. Stingy”!
It is clearly apparent that the inheritor was probably the one who was the recipient of the inheritance… “I will tear down my barns and I will build bigger barns.” Not only that, but “I will store all my grain and goods”. The reason… “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have?’ So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
Jesus goes on to say, “do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for what your body, as to what you will put on; for Life is more than food, and the body more than clothing;” He does refer to the birds who have no resources stacked away, but are out working for their meals daily.
Jesus continued by illustration: “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. Do not even worry about what you will eat or drink, God knows your needs.”
A stinging rebuke! “But seek His kingdom and these things will be added to you. For where your treasure is there your heart will be also.”
Quit worrying about an inheritance. Read about our RICHES in Christ Jesus—so amplified in Ephesians!