Luke 12

13 When a man died, the inheritance was to be divided up equally among all his sons, except for the oldest son. The oldest son usually received a "double portion," which was twice as much as the other sons. In this case, either the older son illegally took the entire inheritance or the younger simply did not feel he received his fair share. This case would normally be brought to the judges, but the son brings it to Jesus instead. Maybe this son had already taken his case to the judges but was unsatisfied with the results.
14 Jesus came to save the world from sins, not to act as a judge over people's petty disputes. In keeping with His mission, He uses this request as a springboard into a lesson on greed.
15 The most important things in life are to love God and people. When we begin to desire possessions, the most important things are neglected or abused.
18 Instead of sharing his abundant wealth with those in need, he selfishly decides to keep it all for himself.
19 A side affect of wealth can be idleness or the selfish use of time. Instead of helping others, the desire is to do no work at all. Note that one not need be wealthy to have this problem.
20 This does not mean that God struck the man down because of his selfishness. It just so happened that the man's life was at its end.

God calls the man a fool because he did not live with an eternal, godly perspective. The man was so concerned about how comfortable his own life could be that he did not consider what God thought of his actions. As it so happens, this man would not even have one day to enjoy his abundance. Even worse, he would stand before God a selfish man.

The wording of this verse indicates that our lives are "on loan." At any time God can recall the loan and hold us accountable for what we have done.

21 When we have an abundance of wealth, we need to use it to show that we love God and people. Typically, this could be in the form of gifts to the Church or relief agencies. The creative person may come up with other ways to leverage his wealth to benefit the Kingdom of God.

I once heard, "the only things that last forever are the words of God and the souls of men." If we want to invest in something eternal, it should be one of these things.

22 Not only should we not strive to gain excess, we should not even worry about our basic needs.
23 Food, shelter, and clothing are important necessities, but living for God is even more important.
24 Perhaps Jesus wants us to think of Elijah and the Ravens (1 Ki 17:3-6). Even in the most meager times, the birds were able to find food, and God graciously provided for Elijah's needs as well.
25 The Greek work haylikia can be translated to "stature" or "life span." So whether we are concerned about our height or our age, there is nothing we can do to change these. Worry tends to be counter-productive anyway, and self-imposed stress may decrease one's life span.
26 These things may be completely out of our control, but God considers them very easy tasks to deal with. We should always keep in mind that God is much greater than we are.
27 King Solomon was the richest king that ever lived. Yet, even when he was clothed in his finest wardrobe and splashed with the most expensive perfumes, he still could not compare to the beauty found in a wildflower. God does want us to be clothed, but we should not worry about being fashionable or extravagant.
28 We show a lack of faith when we are concerned about whether God will provide our needs or not.
30 God is not distant and far off. He knows we need food and clothing to survive. The world does not know God, and this results in excess and hoarding. God does not want us to live this way.
31 The proper perspective is to nourish our relationship with God. He will gladly provide for our needs.
33 Instead of hoarding money, food, and clothing, we should use what we have to provide for those who have nothing. In this way, we can play an active role in God's provision of food and clothing.
34 When we become overly concerned with money, we spend all our time attaining it. When we die, however, we are forever separated from it, and that work amounts to nothing. When we invest in the kingdom of God, we strive to see others come to a saving knowledge of God. When we die, those who God saves through our ministry will also join us in heaven. Truly, this reward lasts forever. Since we will spend forever with the kind and loving King of the Universe and there will be no sin, our eternal lives will be satisfied.