One of the company: Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.
Jesus (to the man): Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?
Jesus (to the whole group): Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things that he possesses.
The Parable of the Foolish Rich Man
Then Jesus spoke a parable to them.
Jesus: The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully.
The rich man (thought within himself): What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? This is what I’ll do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater barns; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have much goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
God: You fool, this night your soul shall be required of you: then whose shall those things be, which you have provided?
So is he that lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
Seek the Kingdom of God
Jesus (to his disciples): Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat; neither for the body, what you shall put on. Life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn;
and God feeds them: how much more are you better than the fowls?
And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If you then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take you thought for the rest?
Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith?
And seek not you what ye shall eat, or what you shall drink, neither be of doubtful mind.
For the nations of the world seek after all these things: and your Father knows that you
have need of them.
But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
(Luke 12:22-31 is repeated in Matthew 6:25-33 in theSermon on the Mount.)
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell that you have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that fails not, where no thief approaches, neither moth corrupts, For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.