No. 107
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.


Jesus told many wonderful stories while He was on earth as a man.
These stories had a way of showing people truths about themselves and life in word pictures. We call those stories “parables.” One story told all about a really silly rich man. He was so greedy and very wealthy, and selfish and mean as can be as well.
He was like Scrooge McDuck, or Scrooge in the famous Charles Dickens story about Christmas, “A Chistmas Carol.”

Well, Jesus was teaching the people:

“And he spake (spoke) a parable unto them, saying,
The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully (lots of good crops):
And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do,
because I have no room where to bestow  (store) my fruits?
And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater;
and there will I bestow (store) all my fruits and my goods.
And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years;
take thine ease (have a rest), eat, drink, [and] be merry.
But God said unto him, [Thou] fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee:
then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
So [is] he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

(Luke 12:16-21).

What was Jesus showing us in that parable?
He was showing us that people who have no time for God and just want money and more money are wasting their time! It is very silly because all people have to end their lives. That rich man in Jesus’ story couldn’t take all his money and crops with him after he died, could he? And he wasn’t “rich toward God.” He had no white robe, he could never go to be with God forever for he did not trust in Jesus as Saviour! The silly rich man would not live on streets of gold in heaven, he would go away from God forever and ever in hell. He had no wonderful treasures of good deeds and service that he could offer to God when he ended this life. He was poorer than the poorest beggar after he died. And all his full barns and large bank accounts were left to other people on earth. Couldn’t do him any good when he died, that’s for sure.

What about you? Are you going to live to be rich towards God, or be like the silly rich man? Even a child can have faith in Jesus and be a servant of the Living God. Build up treasures for God in heaven, you never ever be sorry you did.
Jesus also said this:

 “And he said unto his disciples,
Therefore I say unto you,
Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat;
neither for the body, what ye shall put on.
The life is more than meat, and the body [is more] than raiment (clothes).
Consider the ravens (black birds): for they neither sow nor reap;
which neither have storehouse nor barn;
and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?
...Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil (work) not , they spin (work) not;
and yet I say unto you, that Solomon (a very rich king)
in all his glory was not arrayed (clothed) like one of these.
If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field,
and to morrow is cast into the oven;
how much more [will he clothe] you, O ye of little faith? “
(Luke 12: 22-28).

Jesus was saying that we should not be worried, but let God take care of us. He cares for the birds and dresses the beautiful flowers, He will care for us too - if we trust Him and let Him. Put God first in your life and you will find happiness and build up treasure in heaven. When you grow up don’t be like Scrooge McDuck and make money the most important thing in your life! Lots of silly people do that!

“...and thou shalt have treasure in heaven:
and come [and] follow me. “

(Matthew 19:21).

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