Yesterday, I spoke on these words from Jesus:
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” ’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’
21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
(Luke 12:13-21, English Standard Version)
With just three little words (among them a power-packed preposition), Jesus teaches us that the secret to being rich toward God is being rich in relationship with God.
And for further study, the book I mentioned in the sermon from Andy Stanley, from which I drew the four points at the end of the preaching, and a couple of illustrations, is Fields of Gold.
Praying we will all grow rich in relationship with God, so that we might be rich toward God.