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The Parable of The Rich Fool Made Simple

(Luke 12:16-21)

If you’re watching this in the video series on You Tube, then you’ll be well to go back and see “The Rich Man and Lazarus”. It will serve you well to go back and read or watch it. In that episode, I shared something about rich men hell.

Once again, this is a scary subject for rich men. In Luke 12:16-21 a parable was recorded which said:

Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ 
“So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:16-21)

In verse 21, I think we’ve got the theme and the summary of this parable. Let’s listen to that again.

“So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:21)

Elsewhere, Jesus said that we’re not to lay up treasures on earth where rust can destroy it, thieves can break it and it can corrode. We’re instead to lay up treasures in heaven where the moths, rust and thieves won’t get at it, (Matthew 6:19-20).

What is this treasure in heaven compared to treasure on earth? Treasure in heaven is buying a copy of the book when it is published, “The Parables of Jesus Made Simple”, and giving it to friends of yours who need to walk in a more disciplined and more fulfilling Christian life. Laying up your treasure in heaven is giving money to gifted evangelists and teachers of the Word so they can get their word out on Christian TV, or wherever they do their work. Laying up treasure in heaven is giving poor people some of your goods and sharing your money with the people who are suffering.

You don’t have to be rich toward God. God doesn’t need your money. A lot of people have a problem with giving money to God. It’s a truth and fact that people spend more on entertainment each week than they give to God. They spend about four times more on Christian resources. I forgot what the figure is but it’s very disappointing. They’re quite happy to spend money on Christian resources but they’re not happy to give to the gospel. That’s probably a good reason why Christian resources are so expensive because the ministries know that a large portion of the giving is people buying for their own comfort and their own teaching from resources that allow good profit margin so that they have more money to do ministry.

This parable is pretty simple. It doesn’t need a lot of explaining. Many people just assume that this is a parable about a guy that Jesus was talking about 2,000 years ago who built a whole lot of crops and just stored it up. He wanted to eat, drink and be merry. That’s the lifestyle of many people in this world. They work Monday to Friday. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, they go drink, have fun and forget about their working week.

It says in Scripture that in our last days, people will be partying, giving in marriage and being married just like they were before the judgment came in Noah’s day. They were being given in marriage and partying in those days too.

There’s nothing wrong with drinking and such. I don’t feel that Jesus would’ve turned water into wine if that was the case. I think the issue was more spending money and time doing things that didn’t profit the Kingdom of God. I think that Jesus took issue with people spending their time and resources on things that weren’t helping their fellow men in love.

There’s tremendous weight to this parable if you understand it, especially coming on the back of Lazarus and the rich man in hell. It’s a sobering thought that you could live a life on this earth, enjoy riches, party, spend money and resources on having a good time, kicking back, and making the best out of life; and then one day, end up in eternal flames that burn so hot that just a drip of water in the Lazarus parable would relieve massive suffering. Imagine suffering so much that a drop of water was going to bring you great comfort!

I have trouble. I’ve read Mary Kate Baxter’s “A Divine Revelation of Hell”. If it’s true that hell is really burning now, just like Jesus said in that parable; if it’s true that it’s so hot that just a drip of water will relieve you; that’s just not a place you want your friends going to. That’s not a place that you want to end up going to. It shouldn’t be a place that you’d want anyone to go to.

Believe me. A life of buying new ipods, new HD TVs, the best of brands and the best of breed, the brightest, the flashiest and the newest things coming out in the market; always updating your iPhone into an iPhone4 and all these sorts of things; living this extravagant Western lifestyle, means that people who need money to minister to the poor, broken and the lost in the Third World, and even in our own Western countries haven’t got the money and the resources to save these people. There are people leaving the earth and going into eternal flame and suffering. Many of these people wouldn’t suffer if your money had been directed there.

I’m not here to bring condemnation and shame unto people. But I need to give a serious wake up call that people are suffering when you don’t give.

I feel compelled to speak about this compassion, which draws money out. If you have compassion, your attitude towards money and giving to the Lord is wide open. If you don’t have compassion, mercy and the love of God flowing in you, you’ll be very tight fisted with your money for the Lord and His work. That’s really what verse 21 says:

“So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:21)

So treasure is not just about stocks and bonds. I’ve been told that most Americans couldn’t live two or three weeks without an income and enough money in the bank. Treasure, in the West, seems to be all those brand new cars, things you buy on credit, the newest brands, the latest gadgets and all the expensive things. For them, that’s all the treasure.

Jesus was speaking about that. We should get jeans that don’t cost as much. We don’t have to get the best brands. We should go without them. Jesus said, if anyone wants to come up and follow me, he must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me (Luke 9:23). Jesus wasn’t walking around staying at 5-star hotels and catching limousines around the place. He lived a frugal life. Even when he was teaching out on the mountain and he did this miracle with the two fish and five loaves of bread, it doesn’t seem like the apostles had any food there that day either. Paul, the apostle, was often hungry, homeless, cold and shivering. Jesus and His disciples slept many a night under trees. They were homeless. They didn’t have homes to stay in. Jesus wouldn’t expect any more of us than He expected of himself.

We’re saved by the blood of Jesus. We’re saved by His resurrection. We’re righteous because we wear Jesus’ righteousness. I’m not saying that we should enter back into the law. I’m not saying things to condemn you or bring guilt upon you. I’m just trying to shake you free and shake up some feelings in you and encourage you to seek God after a heart of compassion and mercy. Don’t live to eat, drink and be merry like the rich man. Be sober and vigilant. Seek the Lord’s heart on the poor and the needy. Seek the Lord’s heart and the passion He has to reach the lost.

Remember that money is spent on treasure. The things, assets and gadgets that you buy on earth could be costing people their eternal life. They could spend eternal life in the fires of hell because you didn’t give. I’m not doing a guilt trip. I know that trying to do that on people just doesn’t work.

There’s a real joy in giving and in knowing that people are blessed. I pray that this parable has put a dint in your heart and encouraged you to give.

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