Should We Save?
Should we save for the future? Should we invest in the stock market? Should we plan for our retirement? How do we know we have enough? (and should we do that before we give to charity?) Jesus tells a story of a successful man who has more than enough, and what happens to him the very night he opens up a new savings account.
Luke 12:15-21 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
15 And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” 16 Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. 17 And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ 18 Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ 20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”