Parables of Jesus Series
Recorded LIVE on Wednesday, 6/6/2018
Opening Video Credit
He Knows My Name - Francesca Battistelli
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This week's parable study is called "Greed", however, it is often referred to as "The Rich Fool". Greed was selected because that was the underlying message of this particular parable of Jesus. We must watch out, and beware of our desire for more. Jesus said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” (Luke 12:15 NIV)
Jesus wanted to caution the crowds, his disciples and US about the dangers of greed and the implications it has on our eternal life with our heavenly Father.
Important Scripture: (Luke 12: 16-21)
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.”
The harvester was clearly self-absorbed and not a true man of God. We can clearly see this because he consulted with himself on what to do with the abundance of his crops. If he was truly a man of God, he would have rejoiced and glorified God in the provisions the Father provided him. Most importantly, he would have prayed and asked God to show him how he could help those in need with the excess in crops he was blessed with.
"Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the need honors God" (Providers 14:31). If the harvester wanted to honor God, there would be no question that he should use his excess to be a blessing to his others or his village.
Sadly, the harvester was only living for today and tomorrow. He was living as if success, drinking, and being merry was all there was to life. He was living in the temporal (temporary) than the eternal (heaven). There's more to life than the "stuff" we buy or earn of this world.
The harvester worked hard to succeed in the provisions of this world, but he set aside no provisions for his soul. God knows our heart. Just as Jesus states, "where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Luke 12:34). When we die, we don't take all our "stuff" with us. What legacy are you leaving behind? Were you a caring, loving, giving, helpful person? Were you a blessing to others?
As the song states, "I don't need my name in lights. I'm famous in my Father's eyes". Wealth does not guarantee favor with God. Wealth dealt with generosity is what God favors. Until our next meeting, I challenge you to consider how you can be a blessing to someone and make your heavenly Father proud! After all, his opinion and judgement of who we are is all that matters. God Bless!