Yesterday, June 27, 2016, I went to lunch after having a conversation with a frustrating conversation with a client. I pulled through the drive-thru at Subway with the intension of grabbing a sandwich, and parking in the shade of the parking lot at Target that sits just east of the Subway. A little time alone, a sandwich, and music from the band Building 429 when I noticed someone holding a sign and asking for help at the other end of the parking lot. From a distance I could tell she was a young lady, and I watched people drive by as if she wasn’t there while I ate my sandwich. After about 15 minutes, I drove over to her and noticed that she had a 5 gallon gas can and written on the sign was family with 2 children needing money for gas. I rolled down my window and asked for the gas can, and she simply handed it to me, said thank you and God bless. From there, I drove to Quik Trip filled the tank and grabbed a bottle of water for her since it was well over 90 degrees. When I returned, she wasn’t standing at the corner of the parking lot, rather she was sitting under a tree. I pulled into a parking spot next to the tree because I wanted to know a little more of her story. She told me that the police had made her stop asking for help or risk being arrested. Turns out she and her family were simply trying to get home. She and her husband have a 2 year old and another daughter that is 7. As I was leaving I handed what cash I had in my wallet, this young mom says thank you and God bless and made a reference to Christ. As I was pulling away, I took one more look to see her wiping a tears from her eyes.
Contrast that scene with the conversation that I had with my client just minutes before seeing her in the parking lot at Target. This man has over 1.3 million dollars available to him and is worried about being able to make it through retirement. Need I say more? No, I will let scripture say the rest.
The Parable of the Rich Fool, Matthew 12:13-21
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
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.”’
20 “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?’
21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
Faith and Deeds, James 2:14-17
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.