“A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of things he possesses.”

Bread A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of things he possesses.” — Jesus of Nazareth
But by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God shall he live, and neither shall he thirst for the Lord will delight in him and shall fill him. A table shall he spread before him in the presence of his enemies and with the finest of wheat he will eat and shall not want.

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5 Responses to ““A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of things he possesses.””

  1. 1 Carol (Miller) McIlroy 2 March, 2010 at 9:16 pm


  2. 2 Garland Petersen 9 January, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Thanks for this verse, I thought it was in Luke, not sure. I was trying to find it in God’s Word. It is truly a beautiful verse.
    Luke 12:15 gives an example of how God’s Word/Truth sets us free. Jesus said in John 8:32 “The Truth shall set you free.” I’ve known that was true, but one example of that is realizing that life does not consist in the abundance of things possessed. There are of course many other verses in God’s Word, but Luke 12:15 is one example of how God’s Truth sets us free.

  3. 3 Acupuncture Center of Andover 11 September, 2012 at 4:32 am

    It helps me to remember the context in whch Jesus spoke these words: he was asked to resolve a legal , monetary dispute among brothers. The situation seems to suggests the inability to share. Sharing is fundamental to who we rightly are as children of God. This I think is the opposite of greed

    Ted Pappas

  4. 4 Gar Petersen 11 September, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Our loving, just, holy God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ holds people accountable for their unforgiven sin in their lives since a lack
    and refusal to repent is the state of their heart/will/intentions. But it is
    not because of an inability to repent, or an inability to share, or an inability to do what is right, although unrepentant, unsaved individuals do not have
    the knowledge, insight or awareness of biblical revelation, but to a large extent, that responsibility falls in each person’s shoulders due to his or her unwillingness to repent, seek God and no longer suppress the truth in unrighteousness which occurs deliberately and in no sense is due to a lack of ability, otherwise God would not hold anyone accountability to do what He requires. We know that God is not willing for anyone to perish, but for all to come to repentance, 2 Peter 3:9. God’s ways, commandments are not burdensome, but reasonable and right.

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