Friday, July 29, 2016
Be on your guard against all kinds of greed.
A large crowd gathered as Jesus spoke to his disciples about the cost of following.
There is nothing they could count on keeping to themselves.
Not their lives.
Not even their secrets.
The only thing they will have left to cling to—is God.
And suddenly a man shouts out from the crowd: Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me!”
Much like Sally in the Charlie Brown Christmas Special (with Christmas list in hand), this man is saying, “All I want is what I have coming to me. All I want is my fair share.”
And we may wonder, “Well Jesus, what could be wrong with that?”
Well actually, a lot.
Jesus has been talking about self-sacrifice for the kingdom of God, and all this man can think about is how to use Jesus to get what he wants.
Jesus has been bringing together a family through hearing and doing the word of God, and this man is seeking to divide his family over a matter of wealth.
This man wants only black and white, yes or no, clear cut, simple answers, and Jesus will respond with a disturbing, distressing parable.
Be on your guard against all kinds of greed…
The kind that ignores what Jesus is saying, because something else seems all important.
The kind that divides people in order to stakes its claim.
The kind that dodges real engagement with the word of God—a difficult word that both convicts and frees us all.