This past Sunday, Pastor Donnell spoke about the parable of the rich man described in the Twelth chapter of the gospel of Luke. This week, we’d like to encourage you to use this parable in your prayer and allow it to become a house in which you reside, a place where you can use your imagination to allow God another avenue through which to speak to you.
In his sermon, Pastor Donnell emphasized the fact that everything belongs to God and we are just stewards of what we have received. The parable raises the question of our priorities. Who is God in our lives, how do we invest our lives and the gifts that God has given us? What if we are blessed in order to be a blessing to others? Are we fundamentally aligned towards ourselves and our passing desires or towards God and our neighbor, to His mission to bless and redeem the world?
So as usual, when you have some time to pray, we suggest that you read the following passage through two or three times. We suggest that you read slowly, pausing when you have a significant thought, feeling or sense from God. As you do so, try to keep in mind the questions which Pastor Donnell posed above. The second and or third time through, read even more slowly. You might try imagining yourself as someone in the crowd listening to Jesus as you read it the first time. Then try imagining yourself as a rich land owner who just had a bumper crop listening to Jesus tell the story as you read it the second time.
The Parable of the Rich Man
13Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” 16And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ’ 20“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?’ 21“This is how it will be with those who store up things for themselves but are not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:13-21)
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