We grew up in the country and my dad and granddad farmed. I remember getting on the combine with Granddad during wheat harvesting season and riding around the field. I also remember the barn that the wheat was stored in. It was a metal silo barn with a hole in the top for pouring the grain into. Once the silo barn got full there was nowhere else to put the grain. Jesus tells a story about a man in the Bible who ran out of room in his barn:
Then he told them this story: “The farm of a certain rich man produced a terrific crop. He talked to himself: ‘What can I do? My barn isn’t big enough for this harvest.’ Then he said, ‘Here’s what I’ll do: I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll gather in all my grain and goods, and I’ll say to myself, Self, you’ve done well! You’ve got it made and can now retire. Take it easy and have the time of your life!’
“Just then God showed up and said, ‘Fool! Tonight you die. And your barnful of goods—who gets it?’ “That’s what happens when you fill your barn with Self and not with God.” (Luke 12:16-21 The Message)
That last line from Jesus hits a little too close to home. In this look at addiction to accumulation it appears that the deeper issue is self. It is all too easy to get caught up accumulating for ourselves, and miss the bigger picture of what God is doing around us.
Jesus’ warning to the people that day (and to us) was, ““Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot.” (v.15)