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Package your heart in that offering
Don't give credit to yourself after a bumper harvest
10,000 reasons (Bless the Lord) - Matt Redman (Best worship song ever) (With lyrics).
Be contented with the much that you have
Jews tradition required the first born son to inherit from his father a double portion of the property. The younger son is appealing to Jesus to be a judge in this tradition and order a rethink of the whole practice. The younger son was not contented. His heart as full of greed. He had already, we assume, received what the tradition militated but was still yearning for more. We should always trust God to give us just enough of what we require. The young man as not contented with his share of the inheritance. He wanted more and more and even more.
Still - Hillsong United with lyrics
Hand of God should be acknowledged always
Don't grab God's credit after a bumper harvest
God wants you to own stuff. He wants you to be rich. Being poor is actually not godly but a curse. God wants us to live a prosperous life. The only issue God has with wealth is when someone ends up trusting in this stuff too much. When it comes to a point where stuff is having us instead of us having stuff, then that is what God is against. Don’t put your trust on your riches . God is the source of all riches. The sooner you acknowledge this the better for you. He was not planning to offer any of the harvest to God as a thanks offering. He planned to build bigger stores to store this wealth all for himself. Always remember that where your treasure is your heart is. It is possible to lose all wealth in a single day. This is what happened to Job of the old. ( Job 1:13-22)
Michael W Smith - Awesome God
Modern church premises
Bumper harvest can be suspect
In Africa it is believed that when you receive a bumper harvest it is a sign that someone is going to leave. It is common for maize crops of immediate season after death of someone in the homestead, to give a bumper harvest. The man in the parable was not getting the revelation and this made God angry with him. Couldn’t he read the signs of time and prepare himself for the ultimate life’s journey? Always be ware when things look too rosy. It could sign of bad things ahead. Nevertheless, don’t worry. God is always with us.
A beautiful offering
Mixing tradition with religion
Are we justified to mix tradition with religion?
This is where Jews tradition was practiced. The young man had issues with part of this tradition especially touching on inheritance.