An open hand
Luke 12:15 – Speaking to the people, he went on, “Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot.”
When my grandma came to visit last month, we were having a conversation about my dad and she said something that hit a cord in my heart. She described him as someone who always has his hand open. He never grips it tightly closed.
If you’ve ever had the honour of meeting my dad, you’d know that he’s one of the most generous people on earth (maybe I’m biased, but it’s pretty much true). He works hard and rarely does he ever treat himself with what he earns (seriously, he wears the same old socks with massive holes in them until my mum decides it’s time to throw them out).
I have made the decision to strive to be like my dad – living with open hands and a generous heart.
Jesus urges His people to take care with not becoming greedy. He knows that it’s a natural, human instinct to want to want it all and more. He knows how difficult it is for us and so He tells us we need to be careful with this in particular. We can’t let our possessions or financial situations define who we are or how good our lives are, because that’s the furthest from the Truth.
Jesus was never fixated on money or what He owned. His heart was purely for people and God. His hands were open, ready to serve and ready to help.