Being Possessive

Jesus once told his disciples a parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. ‘What shall I do?’, he thought, ‘I have no place to store my crops. So I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And then I’ll have plenty of grain laid up for many years and take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’” (Luke 12:16-21)

At another time, a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” Jesus replied, “If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.” The man said that he had already kept them and asked, “What do I still lack?” Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. (Matthew 19:16-22)

Jesus never said that it is wrong to have possessions or it is wrong to live life comfortably. But in real life we see a sequence. First we acquire things, then we begin to like them, then we feel proud of them. We crave for more and more for ourselves. We do not want to share with others. We become possessive about what we have. The affinity grows so much that eventually it is the possessions that gain control over us! There is no place left for God in our lives.

That is why Jesus had to warn us about being possessive. He said that it is wiser to store treasures in heaven because “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Luke 12:34)




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