Mar 28, 2013

Breaking the Formula & Breaking into Eternity

I love this song from Josh Garrels. If you haven't picked up his music you should catch his website here. His lyrics point to eternity and call us all up to that eternal perspective.

I usually sleep like a rock and am not very poetic. The other night I couldn't fall asleep and I picked up a pen. Here is what I wound up with. Most of it came from the parable of the rich fool in Luke 12.
On Wealth & God 
You can’t put out
            more than you take in.
You’ll have to save
            if you want to win.
Work every penny
            and rake more in.
Owe no man
            for that’s a sin.
Divide each portion
            into a separate bin.
“I did it myself!”
            you say with a grin.
Eat, drink and be merry
            let life begin.
An unexpected knock
            and crawling skin.
You’re called to account
            for what your life’s been.
You can’t serve both
            which did you trade in?
Was He the goal
            or a means to an end?
You lavished yourself
            but were you rich toward Him?
Has the age old trap
            done you in?
Most of it came from the parable of the rich fool in Luke 12.

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

14Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

16And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Luke 12:13-21

We spend so much time serving our money. We all know the formula: Spend less than you make > Save > Pay off debt > Invest > Diversify > Eat, drink and be merry.

None of this is necessarily bad. The books designed to fix our money problems have the right intent but I can't help but feel that we are using God as a means to get rich and to fill our barns. We need more teaching on being rich toward God. What if our children saw us, not building bigger barns, but being rich toward God as we loved others. What if we left our children an inheritance, not of wealth, but of wisdom.

The challenge:
Break the formula & do something crazy. Give sacrificially today. This doesn't mean we shouldn't be prudent or that we shouldn't take care of our family. But today, do something crazy to be rich toward God as you break out of conformity to this world and into an eternal perspective.

Feel free to share below if you'd like to mock my poetry or tell us how you were rich toward God.
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