If we take anything away from the past few months it’s this – COVID19 isn’t a respecter of socio-economic status. It doesn’t matter how much money you make a year, how big a portfolio you have, or what kind of car you drive…the virus is nondiscriminatory when choosing its victims. And amassing large amounts of “things” won’t stop the virus from invading your body if you’re exposed. Job very wisely tells us that we can’t save ourselves by hoarding “things” nor that we can put our trust in those “things”, for our only security comes from God alone. (Job 20:20 & Job 31:24) When Jesus spoke these words in Luke, He was warning us about the sin of covetousness and selfishness…for we do not exist for “things”… we live to have relationship with Him.
This verse goes totally against the consumer-driven, materialistic culture we live in today. We’re told we deserve to treat ourselves to “things”…and that the more the better. And so we amass possessions to feed the ever growing selfish needs and desires we have. But collecting and accumulating “things” will never fill the void inside us that only a relationship with Jesus Christ can fill. For in Job 20:20 it tells us that we can’t be saved by our treasures.