Updated: Jan 16
In Luke 12:15, Jesus refused to divide an inheritance over which two brothers were arguing. Rather than giving a judgment concerning how they should divide the inheritance, Jesus warned them about a danger to their spiritual life: greed. They were arguing over material possessions which, even if they received them, they would only possess for a short time before going to meet God. That meeting with God should have been more important to them than whether they received physical riches from their ancestors.
The same is true of all people. While many are concerned only with what their hands can reach before they die, the Scriptures teach us to seek what we cannot touch, a reward that can be received only after exiting this life faithfully. Speaking of that reward, Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:50 and 53:
“Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.”
“For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.”
Paul then instructs those who want to inherit the kingdom of God to, “…be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).
Those who desire an eternal inheritance with God must dedicate themselves to godliness rather than to the greedy accumulation of material wealth. Remember, no person receives their final reward until they pass from this life. Then, according to 1 Corinthians 4:5, “…each man’s praise will come to him from God.” Live with that meeting in mind and make it a pleasant one by living each day according to God’s standard of righteousness, given through the Scriptures.