A Fool and His Money

(Luke 12:15-21)

Misers are miserable. The greedy are the real spiritually needy. (Think about Mr. Scrooge at Christmastime.) Think also about the man in this parable that Jesus told. Notice:

I. HIS PROSPERITY (v. 15-17) “The ground of a certain rich man…”

1. His bondage to covetousness (v. 15)
2. His bountiful crops (v. 16)
3. His boastful comments (v. 17)

II. HIS PLANS (v. 18, 19) “I will”

1. I will pull down my barns.
2. I will build greater barns.
3. I will store up produce.
4. I will have many goods saved up for many years.
5. I will eat, drink, and be merry.
Man’s prosperity is sometimes the major cause of his adversity.

III. HIS PUNISHMENT (v. 20) “but God said unto him ‘This night your soul will be required then’…”

1. The position of a fool.
2. The pain of sudden death.
3. The plight of losing it all.
4. The place of divine judgment.

This is the example Jesus gave of how a “fool” and his money was “soon parted.” It was a case of “Sudden Death.” Actually God said, “Tonight’s the night.” “Turn out the lights…the party’s over.” Someone ask, “How much money did he leave?” The answer is, “He left it all!”

Riches are sometimes deceitful. This rich man (and most others) would have thought that he was financially “cool,” but Jesus said that he was a financial “fool!” His covetous greed was a curse indeed! His wealth cost him his health. His money made him miserable. His great gain…brought him grief and pain.
The “love of money is a root of ALL KINDS of evil” and it is also a “kind” of evil in itself. Covetousness (greed) is idolatry (Eph. 5:5; Col. 3:5). The greedy already have a “god” which is money/possessions! A lot of rich men are robbers! (Mal. 3:8-19). A statement I have heard often is: He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep…in order to gain what he cannot cannot lose! If we rob God when it comes to our gold…it can cost us riches untold!

But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For THE LOVE OF MONEY IS A ROOT OF ALL KINDS OF EVIL, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.11 But you, O man of God, FLEE THESE THINGS and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. (1 Timothy 6:9-11).

Having said that, we need to be reminded that God gives us riches for us to “enjoy” and therefore we should not feel guilty for “having and enjoying our money/possessions.” But if our money “has us” then there is a problem. If we trust in our riches…God cannot trust us with His riches! One thing is certain…riches are uncertain!

Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to TRUST IN UNCERTAIN RICHES but in the living God, who GIVES US RICHLY ALL THINGS TO ENJOY (1 Timothy 6:17).

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but LAY UP FOR YOURSELVES TREASURES IN HEAVEN, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. (Matthew 6:19-20).

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. YOU CANNOT SERVE GOD AND MONEY (Matthew 6:24, ESV).

Wayne Dunaway

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