December is the month that’s marked with a lot of festivity especially in Kenya whereby we have Jamhuri day on 12th, Christmas on 25th together with 24th as its eve day, boxing day on 26th and 1st Jan with 31st Dec as its eve. It is the month of unleashing that which we have been saving for times like these. It is a time of fun, entertainment, pleasure, merry and others with our friends and at different places.
In line with this am reminded of the parable in Luke 12:16-21. The concern of this farmer was to have his storage upgraded because he anticipated a plentiful harvest that season. This indicates how hardworking the guy was and how he had strived for an increased harvest to be realized. This is indeed quite commendable. However, the problem that is evident is his perspective and perception for life. His main agenda and concern was all about pleasure, merry, drinking and fun. He said to his soul: Lu 12:19 ‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”‘
Eating, drinking and merry aren’t evil but they should not be the ultimate objective of life. God’s response to this man’s thought was that he was a fool because he was rich enough yet poor in the things of God. A man’s heart is where his wealth is laid. If it is in God, theirs is life; but, if in pleasure, that’s a castle and a storage for destruction. In citing this parable Jesus Christ is not encouraging laziness nor discouraging handwork, not at all, He’s warning people against the error of living life that’s defined by the materialistic world. That materialism is not all that there is.
After having fun and all that pertains to these celebrations we must ask a fundamental question: what’s my ultimate goal and purpose in this life? Am I rich or poor in Christ? The challenge He has called each of us to be is in Mathew 6:33…But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. One actor said that His desire was that all people on earth would grow reach and wealth for them to realize that we need more than that; God.
And I conclude then with Luke 12:15b…. for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses. It is in finding Christ Jesus and having Him as the Lord and redeemer on your life.