The Treadmill of Acquisition

Lou Lotz

READ : Luke 12:13-21

“Be on your guard against all kinds of greed.” (v. 15)

Take a child to a toy store for the first time, and you will not have to teach the child what to do. Thousands of hours of television advertising have already taught him that his calling in life is to consume, to possess, to amass. Take the same child to church for the first time, and he will be disoriented, confused. He will not know how to act. He will not understand the purpose of church and what it has to do with him. What does this tell us?

Greed—acquisitiveness—seems almost to be an inborn human trait. We live our lives on an endless treadmill of acquisition, frantically amassing more and more stuff. And then one day you die, and they give all your stuff away. What an odd way to live.

The rich farmer keeps racing on the treadmill, amassing more and more, oblivious to the source of all his blessings, until the voice of God comes whispering: “You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” (v. 20).

Get off the treadmill. It’s okay to possess things. But it’s not okay for things to possess you. It’s not okay to make accumulation the driving gear of your life.


Father, forgive my greed.