The Parable of the Rich Fool
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” ’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:13-21)
What is the parable about?
15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
What is our life about? Have you ever thought about why you exist and what it is you are supposed to do today? What is it?
Is Jesus saying that wealth is bad, or is he saying something else?
19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” ’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
What did the man in the parable do with all of his wealth? Why was he a fool?
“If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.” – Bacon
“After hypocrites, the greatest dupes [fools] the devil has are those who exhaust an anxious existence in the disappointments and vexations of business, and live miserablty and meanly only to die magnificently and rich. They serve the devil without receiving his wages, and for the empty foolery of dying rich, pay down their health, happiness, and integrity.” – Colton.
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” – Jim Elliot
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. 1 Timothy 6:6-10
Do you have a lot of treasure stored up in barns while others around you are in need? Consider giving something away this week. It might hurt, but pay attention to why it hurts. Are you putting too much love and trust in your time or treasure? Pick a way to give yourself generously and sacrificially this week.
Ask God to forgive you if you have been trusting in yourself or worshiping stuff [idols]. Ask him to help you be rich in him above earthly riches.
John Piper Sermon: tps://www.desiringgod.org/messages/lets-be-rich-toward-god