THE RICH AND FOOLISH

  Jesus said, “Watch out. Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”  Luke 12:15
Do we believe what Jesus said?  Our lips say ‘yes’ but our actions deny it.  It is a blow to our value system. 
  Jesus continued by telling an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. A certain man had become very rich because the ground which he toiled had produced abundantly. There is no hint that his wealth came by dishonesty or laziness. Rather, he had all the earmarks of a wise and industrious man. Yet, Jesus who knew him perfectly called him “a fool.”  We probably would speak favorably concerning this man, saying: “he is a go getter,” “a hard worker.” “ambitious,” “a shrewd business man.”  We would like to contend that Jesus is wrong, but we cannot forget that Jesus called him, “a fool.”  Why?  Because of the things this man forgot, or at least ignored.

One, he forgot others.
  In this short story, he spoke of himself with ‘I, My, or mine’ at least eleven times.  He did not make this fortune all by himself, yet he gave no credit to anyone but himself. Also, with his abundance of goods, he wasn’t willing to share with the needy around him.  Jesus said, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”  Matthew 25:40  

Two, he forgot that man is more than things.
  The rich farmer thought of life only in the material and physical. His concern was to gratify the flesh. How foolish to count so much on what money will buy.
“Money will buy a bed, but not sleep; food, but not an appetite; a house, but not a home. Money will buy a crucifix, but not a Saviour. Money will even buy some preachers and some churches, but not an open door to Heaven. In fact, money will buy almost anything except genuine happiness, peace, contentment. These are found at the foot of the cross.”  Jesus said, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul.”   Mark 8:36

Three, he forgot death.
  He lived for time, not for eternity.  He neglected all the eternal values.  He deceived himself into thinking that he had all the time he wanted.  Die he must and die he did. How much did he leave behind?  Everything, all he had.  He was not prepared to go to Heaven.  Jesus said, “whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” John 5:24 

Four, he forgot God.  
  His greatest blunder was his failure to take into account God.  He was caught up in the world’s fitful fever of accumulation of much goods at the expense of his spiritual well being. He did not lay up any treasures for heaven. He was not rich toward God.
Jesus said, “So is he (a fool) that lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”  Luke 12:21

  Jim Elliot said, “He is no fool who give what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

  We, as Christians, are rich, rich toward God.    “Count your many blessings.”

5 Responses to “THE RICH AND FOOLISH”

  1. Dear Max. Each week I think ” well this is the best devotional yet ” And then you send out another one ! I know that I am the most blessed person , I have A Savior ,Jesus Christ and a wonderful family. Then in 2010, I was blessed with you and a bonus family Not only were you first was my brother in Christ, but then became my husband! . My prayer is that God will continue to use you , and me in the coming years that we have on this earth.
    Joann

  2. Max, a beautiful reminder of what is important in life. I like a quote that I recently saw:
    “If you want to feel rich, just count all the gifts you have
    that money can’t buy.”

    Thanks for reminding us to give thanks in everything – especially eternal things! Have a great week!

  3. Thanksgiving isThanksliving. In America many people have become rich and famous. However, people forget God’s blessings and live as if their accomplishments were all done by themselves. Greed is the name of the game. Laws are passed to help someone who wants to get ahead at the expense of others. Yet many still live for God and HIS righteous ways.Their eternal destiny will be with God.
    What is your destination?????? Heaven or hell. .

  4. Good morning my friend- yes this is Thanksgiving
    and I am thankful for so much, I’m thankful i have the brains to know that God is my one and only Lord and
    that I am in a loving church with a great God loving paster.I’m thankful for my wife and boys that mean the world to me,i am also thankful that you and Joann are in my life.Thank you for all you do to spread the word
    of our Lord to as many as you can.
    God bless have a great week.

  5. The original story of Thanksgiving gives us reason to give thanks. The way in which the piligrims survived their crisis displays how we as Christians and as Americans can survive and hope as we trust God and give Him glory. In the process, not only do we realize how rich we really are, but how thankful we must be, regardless of our current trials.
    God is providing blessings sufficient for each day and far beyond what I should expect. Now, my list would include much more than just material possessions. I am so thankful for the major things: life, salvation, good health, faithful family, loyal friends, terrific church family, and the nation we live in, despite all its flaws and the incredible mercy of God showered upon us each day.
    May every day be a time of praise and thanksgiving for you and yours. I hope and pray that your blessings are as great as mine.

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