13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” 16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” 20 “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?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
— Luke 12:13-21 NIV

The parable of the rich fool resonates with many of us because Jesus is talking about the love of money and material possessions. In the first couple verses, Jesus makes a counter cultural statement: “a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” As the parable goes on, Jesus talks about a rich young ruler who wants to store up all his possessions and keep them for himself rather than using His wealth for the kingdom of God. Jesus isn’t rebuking his actual wealth but rather the way in which He values His wealth more than anything else. 

money will never satisfy

Because we live in a culture that feeds off money and how much one has, it is easy to fall into a mindset of always wanting more and never fully being satisfied. We live in comparing what we have to what others have. But in this parable, Jesus is calling us to trust Him with all of our possessions and to surrender our earthly desires. Money can never satisfy our need for acceptance, love, and belonging—only Jesus can fulfill what we truly need and bring us to a place of true abundance. 

find your passion

As you go through college, you will tempted to live under the comfort and temporary excitement that money can provide. However, I want to encourage you to seek after something greater—Jesus. Rather than living under financial worry and stress, strive to surrender everything you have to Jesus and rest under His promise that He will provide everything you need. Find out what you really love to do, what you are truly passionate about and go after it. God has uniquely crafted you and given you specific talents to use for His Kingdom and He will provide for you along the way. 

pray

Father, give me the strength to surrender my desire for money and live fully for you and you alone. Assure me of your promise that you will provide everything I need to serve you. In Jesus' name, amen. 

- Kayley Andkerkin