The Parable of the Rich Fool:

The Parable of the Rich Fool was told to warning not to be greedy and desire to have more. It is important that we know that our life does not consist in the abundance of the things we have. The most important is our relationship with Jesus Christ.
Luke 12:15-21

Jesus was speaking to a large multitude of people and speaking on many different subjects. There was a man from the multitude that asks Jesus to speak to his brother so that he would divide the inheritance with him.
Jesus reminded this man that he should understand very well what He was about to tell the man from the crowd. What Jesus was about to say was very important and Jesus wanted this person to recognize the importance of His words. He said be beware or be on guard that you do not become greedy a man’s life is more than the abundance of the things he possess.

Jesus told a parable about a certain rich man who had really good ground that brought forth really great crops. He had so much crops that he was running out of room in his barn.

This rich man had so much crops that he wondered what he was going to do with all of his fruit. He decided he would pull down his barns and build bigger and better barns. There he would put all his fruits and goods.
Then the rich man said to his soul; Soul, I have laid up my fruits and good for many years. Now it is time to stop working, eat, drink, and be merry.
Then God said to the rich man; “You fool, this night your soul shall be required of you. Then whose shall those thing be, which you have provided?“ What God is asking this Rich man is if you were to die today then where would all the possessions you have go?

Wouldn’t it be better to have a rich relationship with the Lord than it would be to lay up treasure for yourself? Jesus then told his disciples that we should not think for anything regarding our life, what we should eat, neither for the body, or what you wear. This is because life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment or clothes.

What Can This Lesson Teach Us?

Jesus warns us not to be Greedy which could be being materialistic, gluttonous or even desirous. These are all big words and they all mean being greedy wanting more than you have. That can be anything including food, toys, money, even clothes.

The beginning of the parable tells us to remember that what we have has been provided by the LORD God for us. If this rich man had overworked land he would not have brought forth plenty of crops that made him rich.
Greed will lead us to becoming selfish and self-serving. Jesus should always be first in our lives and over any possessions. Life does not consist of an amount of possession someone has. It has to do with the relationship we have with Jesus.

The rich man was going to store up all his crops and build a bigger place to store his possessions which was really more than his family and household was going to use. Instead of taking his fruits and goods to the market during the good harvest years he stored it for himself. That way he could quit working and eat, drink and be merry. Where was God in the plans of this rich man?

The LORD God is in control of our life He is in charge, and he can demand our lives at any moment he chooses. You can have millions of dollars and yet not have the LORD God. Life is more than just food and our outward appearance. It’s what is in the inside that counts and our relationship with the Lord.

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Joanne Holstein is a Becker Bible Studies Teacher and Author of Guided Bible Studies for Hungry Christians. She is a graduate of Psychology/Christian and Bible Counseling with Liberty University. She is well-known as a counselor to Christian faithful who are struggling with tremendous burden in these difficult times. She is a leading authority on historical development of Christian churches and the practices and beliefs of world religions and cults.

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