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Our Gospel from Luke 12:13-21 calls Jesus’ people to forethought. In the parable he tells, Jesus speaks of a man who is consumed with developing his business, but who neglects the important issue of family and making his wishes known. When the man realizes his prosperous farm will produce what he needs for many yearshe is taken by surprise. He may not have many years. He may die and have nobody to inherit his wealth or there may be confusion about who would inherit. How will future generations deal with what he has done? It is unclear.
Jesus says this is the case with all who are “not rich toward God” (v. 21, ESV). The Bible pictures God as caring not only about our present situations but also about the future. He cares about wealth, family, and inheritance, enough to urge us to plan ahead. As we dedicate ourselves to loving and serving our neighbors, including our families and those who will come after us, the Lord will add His blessing. Then we can rest in Him.
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