Retold by Jennifer Gladen
One day while Jesus taught a group of people, someone in the crowd spoke out. “Teacher,” the man said, “tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” An inheritance is money or land left to people after someone in the family dies.
Jesus said, “Friend, who appointed me as your judge and lawyer?” He then said to the crowd, “Be careful and avoid all greed. Although you may be rich, your life is not about possessions.”
The crowd didn’t understand, so Jesus told them a parable, or story.
“There was a rich man whose land produced a large harvest of grains and other food. He had so much, that he didn’t know where to store it all. So, he tore down his barns and built larger ones. He thought to himself, I have so many things stored up for many years. Rest, eat, drink, and be merry.
But God said to him, “No. Tonight your life is demanded of you. Where will all those things you stored go? To whom will they belong?”
Then Jesus said to the crowd, “This is how it will be for those who store treasures on earth, but are not rich in the things that matter to God.”