Bible: Luke 12:13-34

The Parable of the Rich Landowner

12:13 Then 1  someone from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell 2  my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 12:14 But Jesus 3  said to him, “Man, 4  who made me a judge or arbitrator between you two? 5  12:15 Then 6  he said to them, “Watch out and guard yourself from 7  all types of greed, 8  because one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 12:16 He then 9  told them a parable: 10  “The land of a certain rich man produced 11  an abundant crop, 12:17 so 12  he thought to himself, 13 What should I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 14  12:18 Then 15  he said, ‘I 16  will do this: I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 12:19 And I will say to myself, 17 You have plenty of goods stored up for many years; relax, eat, drink, celebrate!”’ 12:20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life 18  will be demanded back from 19  you, but who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 20  12:21 So it is with the one who stores up riches for himself, 21  but is not rich toward God.”

Exhortation Not to Worry

12:22 Then 22  Jesus 23  said to his 24  disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry 25  about your 26  life, what you will eat, or about your 27  body, what you will wear. 12:23 For there is more to life than food, and more to the body than clothing. 12:24 Consider the ravens: 28  They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds 29  them. How much more valuable are you than the birds! 12:25 And which of you by worrying 30  can add an hour to his life? 31  12:26 So if 32  you cannot do such a very little thing as this, why do you worry about 33  the rest? 12:27 Consider how the flowers 34  grow; they do not work 35  or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! 12:28 And if 36  this is how God clothes the wild grass, 37  which is here 38  today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, 39  how much more 40  will he clothe you, you people of little faith! 12:29 So 41  do not be overly concerned about 42  what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not worry about such things. 43  12:30 For all the nations of the world pursue 44  these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 12:31 Instead, pursue 45  his 46  kingdom, 47  and these things will be given to you as well.

12:32Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is well pleased 48  to give you the kingdom. 12:33 Sell your possessions 49  and give to the poor. 50  Provide yourselves purses that do not wear out – a treasure in heaven 51  that never decreases, 52  where no thief approaches and no moth 53  destroys. 12:34 For where your treasure 54  is, there your heart will be also.

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