The land of a certain rich man was very productive. And he began reasoning to himself, saying, “What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?” And he said, “This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.’” But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?” So is the man who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. (Luke 12:16-21)
What is it that you find security in? Is it money, friends, possessions, education? Is your future bright? Are you stable and self-assured about your life in this unstable world?
The Son of God, our Master Yahshua, came to reconnect man with God. The world He came to save was troubled — like the world we live in today. All the things men strive after to try to gain security for themselves are the same things that keep men divided from one another. The things that divide men from one another are the same things that keep men divided from God.
Nearly two thousand years ago, our Master told His disciples how they could be connected to God and to one another, no longer controlled by the anxiety of making a living:
For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on. For life is more than food, and the body than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; and they have no storeroom nor barn; and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single cubit to his life’s span? If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why are you anxious about other matters? Consider the lilies, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these. But if God so arrays the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you, O men of little faith! And do not seek what you shall eat, and what you shall drink, and do not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek for His kingdom, and these things shall be added to you. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves purses which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near, nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Luke 12:22-34)
How wonderful it must have been to have been there and to hear these words from the man who was the essence and embodiment of love. He didn’t give them sweet-sounding but empty words. He showed them how to live out the reality behind His words.
He was their security. It hurt Him so much to see human beings whom He loved striving after money, status, good feelings, sex, and recognition. He knew the snare for men’s souls that lies in the pursuit of these things.
Possessions have a deadly grip on every person alive, even those who have none, because they dream about them and would accumulate them if they had the opportunity. The soul of man takes comfort and security in possessions. They are also the means by which the evil spirit king of this world maintains his reign.
As long as a person finds security in wealth and possessions, the evil one will have a ring in his nose — a gold one — by which to lead him. He will ignore the welfare and well being of his neighbor in favor of his own comfort and luxury.
Anyone who graduates college earns a degree in religion — the religion of Materialism. The most satisfying and fulfilling pursuit western civilization has to offer is the pursuit of material wealth. We often hear talk of the almighty dollar, but the reality behind that light talk is that financial wealth is a devotion for which men will forsake all other priorities.
The religion of materialism is man’s primary motivating force. We are raised to be educated — to go to college, get a good job, and be financially secure — and happiness supposedly lies in that pursuit. In fact, the goal of being educated today is the pursuit of happiness through possessions which could not be acquired any other way except by being educated.
Materialism pervades and controls the very nature of fallen humanity. This is why the gospel that Yahshua and His disciples preached requires a person’s entire life, including his possessions.
There was a rich man who earnestly asked our Master, “What good thing must I do that I may have eternal life?”1 This man walked away from Yahshua and eternal life sad because his great possessions stood in the way, for his loyalty and devotion were reserved for them. His true heart was revealed, that his attachment to his possessions was greater than his desire for eternal life. He could not serve both God and riches.2 Could God justly grant eternal life to a man who favored earthly possessions over spiritual? Of course not. It is the same now as it was then. Furthermore, if someone sees his brother in need, and yet closes his heart against him, does the love of God abide in him? Of course it doesn’t.
Yahshua preached the gospel that brings men out of the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of light. When one comes into the kingdom of light, he must let go of his interests in the kingdom of darkness.. “For what fellowship has darkness with the light?”3 In order to come into the new life that is available in Messiah, one is required to abandon and utterly give up everything that once gave him security.
Yahshua knows the damaged human heart. He knows it is second nature to us to take identity in our careers or our education, our lifestyle or our philosophies. He knows that generations before us have drawn their security from their finances and insurance policies.
It is only in leaving all this behind that we can put all our trust in Him. Yahshua knew the degree of trust it would take for us to abandon everything and put our complete trust in Him. He is worthy of it. Likewise, He trusts us. He gives us His Spirit. He trusts us to build His kingdom (not our own little kingdoms) with our whole hearts and bring about the new age of love and peace, perfected in unity. This has been His heart’s desire from the foundation of the earth. And He trusts us with it. He desires a people who will individually and collectively make Him their only possession, and His kingdom their only ambition.
We who have forsaken everything for Yahshua’s sake and the gospel’s sake see that there is no true security in any of the things that promise it. Economics are unpredictable. Banks fail. Thieves steal. Relationships crumble. All because of the fallen self-interest of human beings.
We who have come out of the fortified shelters of our own lives have come into a common life together that is a foretaste of the next age. We have found true comfort and security in the life of brotherhood and unity that we experience every day. We have all given everything else up so we’re all each other has. Having brothers and sisters who truly care for one another from a pure heart and a clean conscience is worth more than all the world has to offer. We willingly yield to one another in love for our Master. He is faithful and meets our every need. As we take delight in His ways, He is faithful to give us the desires of our hearts, one of which is to share this life with you. Please take a step in faith and hope and come to know us.