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The Rich Fool

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If we can gather so much financially and succeed in material and visible things...surely we deserve some credit. Jesus Christ did not always think so.

Luke 12[15] And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. [16] And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: [17] And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? [18] And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. [19] And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. [20] But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? [21] So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

In the text Jesus Christ warns...

  1. Be careful – even as you work hard and diligently gather ...we are not to strive and work without being sensitive to what we really are doing. What are our real motives? Who is our real employer? What really counts in our unseen appraisals?
  2. Be even more careful and recognise the evil of covetousness ...envious yearnings and desires for what someone else has or what we would love to have for our pleasure. Beware of lack of contentment and reconsider why you need another acquisition.
  3. Do not come to the wrong conclusion that God’s pleasure and the value of your life is reflected remotely in your possessions or approval of men.

The man described as a fool excelled as a role model in many areas...

  1. In industry and would have been acclaimed a great business or political success
  2. A man of great personal resolve and determination – a great thinker and an accomplished planner and achiever...a proactive and disciplined honest business man – who could perhaps be at the peak in his career or industry
  3. A man of wisdom and exceptional foresight – purchased good seed, executed excellent logistics to transfer and store produce...had excellent timing...made great plans for His future...laid treasures for himself. Emotionally balanced - Financially fit. Healthy, trim with a wonderful family.Smart. Destined for the top...or at least so it seemed.

But there were few things Jesus pointed out he was not doing so well. This included the following...

  • He was not rich towards God – not using what God had given for His glory and cause. He did not quite understand the glory of God and had no sense for His cause and God's agenda at the time.
  • He seemed certain about everything but did not consider what would happen at his death – to him and to his goods... nor was he aware of the timing of his death or the destination of his soul. He was confident on the things that did not matter as much. You could say he majored in the minor and minored in the major – He was a titan in material things but in spiritual things only a novice.
  • His main preoccupation was how to rise to the top, win, live at ease, eat and drink and be merry. His happiness and pleasure was his goal. Indeed he had mastered how to achieve this goal and was set to achieving it. His formulas for success worked.

There are many topics and issues that are not popular especially to the self confident achiever. These are considered too negative or perhaps too unclear to be given any serious attention. Discussing these things upset people. “Why worry about what you cannot be sure about” seems to be the rich fool’s philosophy ...why can we not instead just celebrate what we can see and touch? In the text Jesus confirms the topics that disinterest the rich - Eternity (Hell or Heaven), Matters of the soul, Spiritual Reality and Deception of riches, Death, Preparing for Christ's Return and Consecration...are these often preached about in your church? Have you seen bestsellers with these titles?

Jesus Christ calls him a fool because he knew little, talk less of being certain about the matters of the soul and the ultimate destination of his spirit. Heaven and eternal damnation in Hell were not topics the fool wants to give much attention. Death was a subject he would prefer to not even consider seriously...

Watch him...laughing, drinking, celebrating and so full of mirth....rushing off to teach the next success seminar or collecting another award ... grinning at the applause...as he contemplates another investment or business idea – set to capture the market again. Most envy him and spend sleepless nights searching for his secret recipe. His books have sold millions of copies.

The Rich Fool he is called...even as Jesus patiently waits for him.

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God bless you

Bode

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