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Our Scripture for this Sunday is Luke 12:13-21

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"Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in the abundance of your possessions."

That's about as counter-cultural as any statement that Jesus made. In North America, and through much of the world, life does consist in the abundance of our possessions, at least it seems to. Life seems to be about satisfying our wants.

But it's interesting that Jesus says to watch out against all kinds of greed. It's not just the greed of those who have much and want more. It's the greed that pervades our thinking even when we aren't dealing with money. It's the greed of those who have little and want more. It's the greed of those who store up and store up and store up just for themselves. It's the greed of those who want what other people have and won't be satisfied until they get it.

The man in the parable that Jesus tells shows us what greed looks like. He shows us in the way he looks at his field and knows his barns can't hold the crop. He shows us when he builds bigger barns and decides that the rest of his life will be one of leisure. He shows us when he never mentions or thinks about anyone else, not even God. He shows us as he says, "I, I, I, ... me, me, me, ..." And most of all he shows what greed looks like when he decides that he is in control of his life, that he is the author of his own story (he will just eat, drink, and be merry).

And through this picture of greed, we are drawn to the opposite -- that is the life that Jesus offers. That life is one where God is the author and we understand who we are because of God's grace. That life is one where we look also to the needs of others. That life is one where we store up for ourselves treasure in heaven and not just fill our retirement funds. That life is one where we take up our cross and follow Jesus Christ, our Saviour, and receive forgiveness, mercy, love, and eternal life. 

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