Luke 12:13-14

Luke 12:13-14

Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.”
But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?”

This is a strange little interaction between Jesus and a member of the crowd. It’s often overlooked as it precedes Jesus teaching about the dangers of being greedy. Is Jesus saying, “Sort this stuff out for yourself! I’m not one to decide what you should do.”
It makes me think of the number of times my prayers were… “Jesus, just tell me what to do!”
Jesus is standing back from the expectation that he will run someone’s life for them. To be honest, the times in my life when I have prayed for guidance I already knew what I had to do and what my choices were. I wasn’t being wracked by indecision. I just didn’t want to choose. Especially when it came to decisions around my material well being. The point of the rest of the passage (vs 15-21) is to get out of the cycle of continual material escalation and to be “rich toward God.”