Luke 12:21 (KJV)
So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
Our current church culture, one where we value beautiful buildings, comfortable seating, and costly accouterments, tends to define “rich toward God” as being generous in our financial giving to church. To be sure, the Bible does teach us to give financially. It even tells us to do so both cheerfully and bountifully. I do not in any way deny or discourage that.
But I don’t believe that is the gist of this passage. Neither do I believe giving to church constitutes laying up treasure in heaven. Indeed, if our heart is in love with financial treasures, that’s a problem even if we have laid it up in heaven.
Consider the context. The point Jesus was making is that the man’s wealth, savings, and plans for bigger barns were meaningless. Our Father knows what we have need of. Our Father needs none of what we have. He is perfectly capable of caring for His own in a manner far exceeding what we may gain on our own. We cannot buy His favor nor develop a walk with Him by paying Him off.
Being rich toward God means having an increasing relationship and walking with Him. It means to live in constant preparedness for that night our soul will be required of us. Our treasure in heaven must be God alone.
That is the sort of wealth God respects.
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