Luke 12:15b- Be on your guard against all kinds of greed (NIV).
Our son and daughter-in-law have three little ones under age five. They whole-heartedly insist that these toddler property laws are true. Why wouldn’t they? They see them in action every day.
1. If I like it, it’s mine.
2. If it’s in my hand, it’s mine.
3. If I can take it from you, it’s mine.
4. If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine.
5. If it’s mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
6. If I’m doing or building something, all the pieces are mine.
7. If it looks just like mine, it’s mine.
8. If I saw it first, it’s mine.
9. If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.
10. If it’s broken, it’s yours.
Little ones are born with these ideas and habits ingrained. Parents are supposed to teach generosity, sharing, and compromise. Some parents don’t do that because they themselves still live by those original toddler rules.
Take that guy in Luke 12:16-19.
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.”’
Yep. He still believed that everything he could see belonged to him. He didn’t care that he robbed God. Tithing never crossed his mind.
Malachi 3:8- Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me.
“But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’
“In tithes and offerings (NIV).”
And helping others never crossed his mind.
Acts 2:45– They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need (NIV).
Are we still living by those toddler property laws?
Jesus told us to “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions (Luke 12:15-NIV).”
Prayer- Lord, help us grow up in every area of our lives. For Jesus’ Sake. Amen.
Brenda J Wood