I went back to my hometown with my mom to see the homestead before it was sold. Seibert, Colorado is about 40 miles from the Kansas border on I-70 going from Denver to Kansas City. Seibert is a farming community of about 200 people that raises winter wheat and feed for cattle. When there is a bumper crop like they had this year, they don’t have enough storage in the grain bins so they pour the grain out on the ground to pick up later.
When we drove into town, we also saw large 100 yard white bags next to the large pile of wheat and wondered what the bags were. We found out that they are huge garbage like bags that they also use to store the excess grain.
The pictures remind me of a parable Jesus used about excess grain. “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “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. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ’ “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?’ “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:16-21 NIV
There are times in all of our lives where we experience an overflowing abundance of what God has for us. The abundance may be in the form of a fulfilling relationship. It may come in bonuses at work or overtime pay. It may happen with the stock market. Surplus in any area of life doesn’t guarantee a future for us. It could be taken away or we could be taken away in an instant. The parable focuses on where our treasure needs to be stored. God centered versus earth centered. There’s never a time when we can take life easy and rest on our laurels because we never know when this day will be the last day of our lives. That is one area where we have no control. NONE.
On this journey, be careful where you invest your treasure. For where your treasure is your heart will be also. Invest today in God’s kingdom.